Please Note: All backgrounds / horizons around this site were altered to help protect its location. "Part of the Puha Path"
If you happen to visit this site please treat it with the respect that you would any sacred place
Puha: Source of power or energy
The ceremonial sites that the Puha path system lead to might be an entire mountain or a mountain top, a cave, a spot on a river, or a place that has a special significance to a certain group of people. These ceremonial sites are places where you would go to obtain power or knowledge, or for a vision quest or possibly a healing. You might also go there in preparation for a hunt, and some of the sites were also used for astronomical observances.
The paths would many times follow a particular type of landscape or terrain. An example would be a trail following a landscape composed of volcanoes. Volcanic areas were especially important to the Southern Paiute because they represent places of rebirth of the earth.
This site pictured is reported to be a hub or very near a hub. A ceremonial hub has trails or paths connected to it like a spider web leading to other sites. In this case the ceremonial site below is reported to have been connected to Gypsum Cave, Keyhole Canyon, Petroglyph Wash, and several other caves in the general area.
This particular site is known to have been used by the Southern Paiute, Hualapai, Mojave, Yavapai, Hopi, Navajo, and the Zuni people. The site is located at the junction of three paths: one path from the south was used by the Mojave and a second path from the west was used by the Southern Paiute; a third path came from the east and was used by the Hualapai and other eastern people.
The site pictured is part of the Puha path system that is located in southern Nevada.