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Overgaard in Navajo County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Can You Read the Rocks....?

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Can You Read the Rocks....? Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, September 1, 2013
1. Can You Read the Rocks....? Marker
Inscription.  
These pictographs were made by Native Americans some 800 to 2,000 years ago.

How were they made?
Paint was made from powdered minerals, charcoal or crushed plants and mixed with a binder such as saliva, blood or vegetable juices. A yucca leaf chewed and frayed at the end made a good paint brush.

What do they mean?
Religous Beliefs....
Many pictographs have been indentified by Native Americans as representing sacred beings or ceremonies.

History...
Pictographs may tell the story of a noteworthy event, like a successful hunt. Spirals, like the one depicted here, symbolize the travels or migrations of a clan.

Signs...
Other pictographs appear to be trail markers. They may also have marked territorial claims or the presence of water.

Calendars....
Some pictographs were situated so that shadows or sunlight are cast on the images in a certain way only on the solstice or equinox. Archeologists believe these pictographs served as calendars for the Mogollon Indians who lived here long ago.

Legends...
These
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are pictorgraphs that illustrate characters or event and traditional legends

Good Luck Charm...
Frequently, big game are painted. These may have been created to encourage fertility or a successful hunt.

Journey Through Time

"Please do not touch the pictographs. Oil from human skin will damage them and can interfere with dating methods. Do not deface this artwork by adding your own. These irresplaceable masterpieces are easily destroyed."
 
Erected by Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Native Americans.
 
Location. 34° 23.832′ N, 110° 37.801′ W. Marker is in Overgaard, Arizona, in Navajo County. Marker is on Black Canyon Road, on the right when traveling west. Black Canyon Road can be accessed from Highway 260. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Overgaard AZ 85933, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Imagine Yourself Here Some Nine Hundred Years Ago (approx. 1.2 miles away); Travel on a Journey Through Time... (approx. 1.6 miles away); How Long Has It Been? (approx. 2.4 miles away).
 
Can You Read the Rocks....? Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, September 1, 2013
2. Can You Read the Rocks....? Marker
Can You Read the Rocks....? Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, September 1, 2013
3. Can You Read the Rocks....? Marker
Auto Tour Marker 2 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, September 1, 2013
4. Auto Tour Marker 2
You can get a map called the Black Canyon Audio Tour from the Black Mesa Ranger Station.
Can You Read the Rocks Trail image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, September 1, 2013
5. Can You Read the Rocks Trail
Follow the trail, but be careful since some areas are steep.
Blue Diamond Trail Markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, September 1, 2013
6. Blue Diamond Trail Markers
Pictographs image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, September 1, 2013
7. Pictographs
Be careful. They are under a rock cliff and there is a substantial drop.
Can You Read the Rocks? image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, September 1, 2013
8. Can You Read the Rocks?
Can You Read the Rocks? image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, September 1, 2013
9. Can You Read the Rocks?
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Photographed By Denise Boose, September 1, 2013
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Can You Read the Rocks? image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, September 1, 2013
12. Can You Read the Rocks?
Can You Read the Rocks? image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, September 1, 2013
13. Can You Read the Rocks?
Pictographs Rock Cliff. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, September 1, 2013
14. Pictographs Rock Cliff.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 15, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 514 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. submitted on September 15, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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