Arrow Canyon 18 - The Kill Site

Southern Nevada Rock Art Sites

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The Southwest, including Southern Nevada, has a significant amount of Native American Petroglyph / Rock Art Sites. Our web site will concentrate on the rock art of Southern Nevada which extends back over 1500 years, and was typically created by either the Paiute, Shoshone, Chemehuevi, or the Anasazi people.

 

Preservation through Education

 

We believe that rock art on public lands does not - and should not - belong to just a few select people or groups.  However, due to the fragile nature of many rock art sites, it is not realistic to have a large number of people visiting most of them. What we are attempting to do with our website is to provide visual access where those with the interest or the curiosity can go to see and appreciate a small piece of Native American history. Our beliefs are that by educating people to the historical significance of the rock art, people will be more inclined to respect, and preserve, the sites for the enjoyment of everyone for a long, long time.

Arrow Canyon 18

 

In 2002 Arrow Canyon was designated a wilderness area, encompasses approximately 27,000 acres, and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

 

Contained within the wilderness area are many archaeological sites, and many of the sites that we visited are located along or near the Pahranagat Wash, which runs through Arrow Canyon.

 

This site in Arrow Canyon is very different from any of the other sites in this area. Most of us have heard of “Buffalo Jumps” or game jumps. The “jumps” are often identified by rock cairns which funneled or guided the animals towards a cliff. The cairns would act as drive lanes leading to the cliff, and if the fall did not kill the animals, tribe members below would complete the kill. This type of hunting was considered a community event because of the manpower needed to herd, funnel, and process the animals. The top of this ridge is about 30’ to 40’ above the valley floor below and has many rock cairns or hunting blinds near the top.

 

The top of this ridge is about 30’ to 40’ above the valley floor below and has many rock cairns or hunting blinds near the top.

 

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