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Near Tule Lake in Siskiyou County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Petroglyph Point

 
 
Petroglyph Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 10, 2008
1. Petroglyph Point Marker
Inscription.  For thousands of years, the hill rising in front of you was an island. Ancient Lake Modoc lapped against its base, scouring cliffs. Later, Native Americans canoed to these cliffs to carve symbols in the soft volcanic tuff, and Modocs still tell of Kamookumpts, creator of the world, who sleeps here.

As you walk along the base of the of the cliff a trail brochure will guide you past petroglyphs and through stories of Petroglyph Point and the native peoples who have gone before and continue today.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyArts, Letters, MusicNative Americans.
 
Location. 41° 50.65′ N, 121° 23.472′ W. Marker is near Tule Lake, California, in Siskiyou County. Marker can be reached from County Road 126. Marker is located just off the parking area at Petroglyph Point. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tulelake CA 96134, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Raptors - Birds of Prey (here, next to this marker); Warm Springs Indians
Petroglyph Point Marker with Cliff in Background image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 10, 2008
2. Petroglyph Point Marker with Cliff in Background
(approx. 2.8 miles away); Battle of Dry Lake Memorial (approx. 2.8 miles away); Captain Jack’s Stronghold (approx. 2.8 miles away); Canby’s Cross (approx. 2.8 miles away); Tule Lake (approx. 3 miles away); Tule Lake Segregation Center (approx. 3.1 miles away); Burnett Cutoff - Muddy Waters (approx. 4.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Rock Art at Lava Beds. (Submitted on November 21, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Modoc Native Americans:
The Creator of the World
"One day Kamookumpts was resting on the eastshore of Tule Lake. Looking around he realized that there was nothing anywhere except the lake. He decided to make land. He dug some mud from the lake bottom and made a hill. He used the mud from this hill to create land and mountains. He also created rivers, streams, plants and animals. Creating everything was tiring work, so Kamookumpts dug a hole in which to sleep under Tule Lake. He left the hill he had made to mark the spot. As the mud dried the hill became rock and is visible today as Petroglyph Point."
"Someday Kamookumpts will surely wake up and
Close up of Drawing on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 10, 2008
3. Close up of Drawing on Marker
look out over the world he made. He may be angry at how things have changed and bring the water back to cover Tule Lake again, changing the world so that it is again like the world he first created."
    — Submitted November 21, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
 
Petroglyph Point image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 10, 2008
4. Petroglyph Point
Looking North
Petroglyph Point image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 10, 2008
5. Petroglyph Point
Looking South
Petroglyph Point image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 10, 2008
6. Petroglyph Point
In Fern Cave, Lava Beds National Monument image. Click for full size.
By Eastman's Studio
7. In Fern Cave, Lava Beds National Monument
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 21, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,133 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 21, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   7. submitted on November 25, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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