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California 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.

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Short history:

In 1936 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed a proclamation saving nearly 800,00 acres of California desert.  That area is now known as Joshua Tree National Park.

 

The Joshua tree (actually a yucca) grows in a narrow section of the Mojave Desert starting in southern Utah, continuing through southern Nevada and western Arizona, and into southern California. It normally grows in elevations ranging from 1300’ to approximately 5900’.

 

The people of this area: The Pinto Culture was one of the first inhabitants of the area dating back approximately 5000 years. Later came the Serrano, Chemehuevi, and Cahuilla. It is possible that in the early years of habitation there may have been a constant flow of water in the area, but it is more likely that the later inhabitants relied on seasonal water sources.

 

Joshua Tree National Park is known for its scenic areas and hiking, but it is also home to a lot of Native American history. I don’t think it would be an exaggeration to say you could live in the area for years, and still not see 20% of the archaeological sites in Joshua Tree National Park.

 

 

Joshua Tree 1:

This is a habitat site with a few petroglyphs.

 

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