McKittick in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Bedrock mortars, or grinding holes for the preparation of food, are also found at Painted Rock. Cupules, or smaller holes pecked in the Rock, may have served as petroglyphs, or as a place for mixing paint pigments.
Rock painting held an important meaning in the lives of the native peoples on the Carrizo Plain. The images were likely created by spiritual leaders and tribal members for ceremonial, spiritual, and cultural purposes. These cultural images are evidence of prolonged use and display the significance of Painted Rock as gathering place. It stands today as a monument of California’s rich cultural heritage.
The meanings of the paintings are not fully understood. However, the images found here and other cultural materials are clues to the traditional lifeways of the native peoples that used Painted
Erected by Bureau of Land Management, The California Department of Fish and Games and The Nature Conservancy.
Location. 35° 9.25′ N, 119° 51.94′ W. Marker is in McKittick, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Soda Lake Road. Touch for map. Located within the Carrizo Plain National Monument. Marker is in this post office area: Mc Kittrick CA 93251, United States of America.
More about this marker. Once on Soda Lake Road. Proceed south on Soda Lake Road approximately 7 miles until you see the sign for the turn off for the Goodwin Education Center, from here behind the center is another sign directing you to the Painted Rock Parking lot and trail which is 3/4 from Painted Rock. The trail to the Rock is 1/2 miles long. The marker is at the base of the trail.
Categories. • Anthropology • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
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