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Desert Pictograph Boulder

The thermometer bounces between 108 and 111 degrees as I drive into the Mojave Desert on a recent June afternoon. Several days earlier in 115 degree heat, not all that far away, a middle-aged man had left a tour bus … Continue reading

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Condor Petroglyphs, Death Valley National Park

Two men, a valley, and ten thousand foot peaks. “Who heard the Desert whispering? The gray prospector, hope-wandering that land of vacant sadness, saw through his burning thirst, where from far receding margins gazed the wrinkled ghastly ranges. . . And … Continue reading

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Gaviota Coast Galavants: Chumash Arrowhead

August 2016 “The reverence attached to the artifacts of history is a thing men feel. One could even say that what endows any thing with significance is solely the history in which it has participated.” –Cormac McCarthy, “The Crossing” The … Continue reading

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Chumash Rock Art, Santa Barbara County

These Chumash paintings show little wear from the elements over the last several decades. They are presented here without alteration, but for a slight intensification of the existing natural color. They measure roughly about twelve inches in length. The pictographs … Continue reading

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The Politics of Rock Art

Santa Barbara County vintage making use of Chumash pictograph motifs. When one takes an interest in actively seeking out and visiting Chumash rock art paintings they soon learn that there is an emotional and contentious political subculture swirling around these archaeological … Continue reading

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