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

Whispers from the Past

Petrified Forest

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Whispers from the Past Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
1. Whispers from the Past Marker
Inscription.  For thousands of years, indigenous people have used rock faces as means of communication. Petroglyphs are images, symbols, or designs scratched, pecked, carved, or incised on the surface of rock. These features are like whispers from the past and there are thousands of them at hundreds of sites in Petrified Forest National Park.

How do we know what petroglyphs mean? Interpreting images that are hundreds to thousands of years old is not easy. One method involves asking contemporary indigenous communities about the meaning of these images. On the rocks below are several examples of petroglyphs, including one that tribes have identified as a migration symbol, which is an important theme in Puebloan oral history.

The images on the right depicts circular faces on a dark rock surface. Modern groups identify these as Kachinas, or spirit beings in Pueblo religion and cosmology. Research suggests that the “Kachina Culture” arrived in this region circa A. D. 1300. Similar symbols, found on modern Puebloan pottery and weaving remind us of the continuity between prehistoric sites, like Puerco Pueblo, and the present.
 
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicNative Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1300.
 
Location. 34° 58.471′ N, 109° 47.639′ W. Marker is in Holbrook, Arizona, in Navajo County. Marker is on Petrified Forest Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Holbrook AZ 86025, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Canvas for Ideas (a few steps from this marker); Meaning of Place (within shouting distance of this marker); Summer Solstice Marker (within shouting distance of this marker); Life in the Village (within shouting distance of this marker); Village on the Rio Puerco (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Santa Fe Railroad (about 700 feet away); Newspaper Rock (approx. 0.9 miles away); Newspaper Rock Petroglyphs Archeological District (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Holbrook.
 
Whispers from the Past Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
2. Whispers from the Past Marker
Migration Symbol image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, December 13, 2012
3. Migration Symbol
Kachina Panel image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, December 13, 2012
4. Kachina Panel
Other Petroglyphs image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
5. Other Petroglyphs
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 3, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 29, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 527 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 29, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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