Object 2. Wall petroglyph from Arches National Park, Utah

May 28, 2021


The second object I choose is a wall petroglyph from the Arches National Park in Utah. I took this picture when hiking on Delicate Arch trail. In the mid 1600’s, interactions with other knowers across time were not only done by different kind of languages, but also by carving petroglyphs into the rocks with a chisel or a hammerstone by removing a part of the rocks surface. These symbols requires a greater understanding of the meaning to Native Americans and knowledge of the history and traditions of the tribe. The petroglyph was a sacred place to perform a tribal ritual and the symbols reflect the different societies and religions. The panel which is called Wolfe Ranch shows bighorn sheep and riders on Horseback. Ute and or Paiute Indians made them after Spanish explorers arrived in North America and were created to teach or warn.

This object links to the prompt because until today it is not known what the exact profound meaning of these carved symbols are. So, in this particular case, it was not only a painting on the wall, but also that it reflected significant cultural themes, messages, and beliefs to a tribe. Even though most of my family saw petroglyphs on a paper before, it developed our knowledge and experience to a broader perspective, along with the information that was shared with us. Thinking about this object, I have realized how important communication through language or visuals is, to passing on or gain new knowledge. This indicates that a big part of our knowledge relies on the interaction which we have on a daily basis.

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