Friday Night Lecture

Shamanism and Shamanic Iconography
in Pre-Columbian Art

Presented by
Armand J. Labbé

Friday, December 6th, 2002, 8:00 pm

The numinous experience of the individuation process is, on the archaic level, the prerogative of shamans and medicine men.
~ C.G. Jung           

In tribal cultures the shaman is the priest, healer, magician, diviner, and the mediator between the living and the ancestors.  In present day, we can look to the ways of the shaman to gain insight into the symbolic and healing nature of the archetypal psyche.  Indeed, Jung characterized the phenomenology of shamanism as an archaic precursor to the alchemist's individuation symbolism.  We can see these archetypal patterns expressed in the iconography used in the Pre-Columbian neotropic art that reference shamanic powers and activities.

Join us for an exploration of shamanic symbolism.  Armand Labbé will present a slide-illustrated survey of the relevant iconography in Pre-Columbian art including examples of shamanic empowerment, shamans and guardians of fertility, as well as shamans in soul flight and soul transformation.


Lecture Place:
 Chapman University, Argyros Forum, Room 206 (see MAP

Lecture Time: Registration and social gathering begin at 7:00 pm.
Lecture begins at 8:00 pm.
The Club Library is open 6:45 to 7:45 pm
in the Psychology Lounge, Smith Hall.
Lecture Cost:
 members  non-members
At the door:$12$15

Saturday Museum Tour

Bowers Museum Tour:
Pre-Columbian collection

Presented by
Armand J. Labbé

Saturday, December 7th, 2002, 10:30 am

Armand Labbé will give a guided tour of the collections facility at the Bowers Museum with a focus on the Pre-Columbian collection, providing us with an opportunity to view some of the shamanistic artifacts noted in the Friday evening lecture.  Attendance for this special event is limited to 15 persons and early registration is strongly recommended.   Members will have priority.

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Armand Labbé, Director of Research and Collections and Chief Curator at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, has authored numerous books and scholarly articles pertaining to the art and prehistory of ancient civilizations, particularly those of the New World and ancient Thailand.  He has curated major exhibits of prehistoric art and has taught art and prehistory at UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton.  Areas of special interest are world shamanism, prehistoric Southwest geometric symbolism and the religious iconography of Mesoamerica.


Tour Place:
 Meet at the Bowers Museum Lobby (see MAP

Tour Time: Meet between 10:30 and 10:45 am.
Tour begins at 11:00 am,
lasting approximately 1.5 hours.
Tickets for the other museum exhibits
can be purchased separately that day.
Tour Cost:
 members  non-members
At the door:
(if space is available)



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