Out of 20,000 Photos… Newspaper Rock— a petroglyph wonderland!

Newspaper Rock. I am standing beside the National Historic Site to provide perspective. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)

Newspaper Rock. I am standing beside the National Historic Site to provide perspective. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)

It’s Wednesday, so that means a quick photographic essay, selected from my 20,000 pictures. It would be ever so easy to spend a day selecting photos, which would seriously detract from my objective of freeing up time. So I decided to do random. I closed my eyes and scrolled down iPhoto. When I hit enter, I opened my eyes, and there was Newspaper Rock, staring at me.

Newspaper Rock National Historic Site in Utah.

Over 2000 years of Native American petroglyphs are found on Newspaper Rock.

Newspaper Rock sits on the edge of Canyonlands National Park up in the northeastern corner of Utah. It contains all of the news that’s fit to print, or at least all the news from the perspective of local Native Americans who have chipped  away at the rock for over  2,000-years. Who knows what it all means. As the information sign says, “We do not know if the figures represent story telling, doodling, hunting magic, clan symbols, ancient graffiti or something else.” That means the figures are open to interpretation, right? So interpret, I will.

Food has been sighted. What’s on today’s menu?

Two flying squirrels were seen leaping between Ponderosa Pines.

Two flying squirrels were seen leaping between Ponderosa Pines.

Buffalo at Nrewspaper Rock National Historic Site in Utah.

A large buffalo is down at the wallow.

Elk are up on the ridge.

Three elk are up on the ridge.

Big horned sheep are feeding up on the ridge.

A Big Horned Sheep with scrawny front legs is feeding up on the mountain.

And Big Bird is down at the pond.

And Big Bird is down at the pond. (Nothing scrawny about her legs.)

Newspaper Rock National Historic Site.

Stay out of the canyon. The tracks of Momma Bear and her cub have been sighted.

Hop on your horse and grab your bow and arrows. It’s time to get dinner.

Petroglyph of Native American with bow on horse at Newspaper Rock near Canyonlands National Park.

Ready for the hunt.

Whoops.

Whoops.

Having been warned, Walks on Feet went into the canyon anyway. Now he is being stalked by Momma Bear.

Having been warned, Walks on Feet hiked into the canyon anyway. Now he is being stalked by Momma Bear. The trail ends here.

Success! Always Gets His Buck shoots elk in butt.

Success! Always Gets His Buck shoots an elk in the butt.

It’s time for a feast. All the cool guys will be there.

Wild hat.

Scorpion Hat shakes a leg and Sheep joins in.

Woohoo!

Ladder Man shouts “Woo hoo!”

Man With Antlers practices flying leap.

And Horny Fellow practices a flying leap.

Stands On Horse will perform his amazing trick.

For after dinner entertainment, Stands On Horse will perform his amazing tricks.

Frisbee starts at four. NEXT BLOG: Looking for God in all the wrong places.

And Antenna Guy will display his recently captured flying saucer.  That’s it for today. NEXT BLOG: I start my essay series. First up: Looking for God in All the Wrong Places.

 

20 comments on “Out of 20,000 Photos… Newspaper Rock— a petroglyph wonderland!

  1. Excellent. I think you have started the outline for enduring stories. Stuff to dictate behavior, creed and psychology. Something we can hold on to. There’s truth with a capital “T” in these drawings, Curt. Just work on the packaging and branding and then spread the word.

  2. Oh my, I love your interpretations! Note how the buck was so startled to get an arrow in his butt, that even his horns stood up on end! I would love to go to a party with Scorpion Hat and his goat.

    • Half the fun with petroglyphs is in wondering what the artists were thinking and what their view of the world was. The other half is in admiring the art. I have always found so-called ‘primitive’ art to be powerful. –Curt

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