Monday, June 21, 2010
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Moapa Indian tribes lived in canyons and among the formations. Various types of animals that lived here can be seen in the petroglyphs that line various rock faces in the Park. Also the petroglyphs served as a "road map" and "learning center" for the people that lived there. Clearly recognizable animals and plants mix with designs and almost writing type symbolism.
Some people believe that the ancient Indian inhabitants made these pictures in rock faces for art or ceremonious purposes. I think they were more informational that ceremonial. They appear in high easy to see places that would have told the "reader" important information he or she needed to know about hunting, gathering, agriculture, direction, and possibly safety from any aggressive neighbors in the area.
Las Vegas Trip. You may just save some money and see some better attractions than some of the characters that hand out pamphlets on The Strip.