Buckhorn Wash Rock-Art

Maybe it’s obvious to others, but I was struck by an epiphany while pondering the Buckhorn Wash art-rock panel, with its many eras represented.

The epiphany was how the older stuff was universal, spiritual, other worldly. The stuff thousands of years later is more about the tribe: hunting and food. Another 1000 years later, it’s all about the individual who has nothing to offer other than his/her name and the date they were there; or the heart-shaped outline with two anonymous and banal names contained within. It’s shrunk from worldly, to tribe, to self. What will humans be like in another 1000 years?

Earlier era pictographs. I believe the serpent lines represent lightning.
Rain gods watering the earth?
My favorite is the second from the left.
Later era petroglyphs
Looks like one of the horned animals is on its back.

1 thought on “Buckhorn Wash Rock-Art

  1. The images here and the other post are lovely, no surprise. 🙂
    I remember having that same epiphany when I was a sociology student and interested in religion. If someone did rock art today, they would probably find a way to print out their selfie on the rock surface.

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