Artifact Title: Petroglyphs

Medium: Image

Creator: Nadia Huggins

Location: La Soufriere, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

TERA Curator: Nadia Huggins


Along the coastline in St. Vincent there are petroglyphs: carvings into the lava rock made by people who have lived there for thousands of years and by the Garifuna people. These were created through small gestures, carving deliberately into hard lava rock. These “work stones” work in all kinds of ways; an art, a tool for sharpening, and more. These creations model a different relationship to the natural world than contemporary extractivism. A volcano erupting can be catastrophic but these petroglyphs propose a different relationship to lava. How did people inhabit this landscape and how can that allow us to imagine different relationships to environmental change?