MESQUITE, Nev. – Red Rock Hiking Meetup Group, of St. George, Utah, joined up with hikers from Mesquite, Nev., Sunday to take a three-mile hike in search of the longest panel of petroglyphs in Nevada.
The combined group of 30 were on a hunt for the Kohta Circus Panel of Petroglyphs. The group traveled through a diversity of terrain that presented both difficult driving and hiking conditions. Seeing the ancient scribing of nearby culture proved well worth the struggles it took to get to the remote location.
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Red Rock Hiking Meetup Group members look at the Kohta Circus Panel of Petroglyphs, near Mesquite, Nev., Jan. 6, 2013 | Videocast by Sarafina Amodt, St. George News
The Kohta Circus rock writings spanned a 50-60-foot flat rock wall. Many different types of drawings displayed a variety of possible interpretations. Big-horned sheep, strong-looking men, curving lines and even a footprint shape all have some sort of deeper meaning than what they are often seen as: art.
Penelope Eicher, a Red Rock Hiking Meetup group member, has a personal interest in ancient Native American history. She quoted LaVan Martineau, from his book “The Rocks Begin to Speak,” “… It’s not art, it is information about the things that are important to the people.”
In Martineau’s book he explains that he has seen basic common symbols among all of the thousands of petroglyphs from all over America, and even Canada, displaying a definite linguistic trait.
However, Martineau also carefully reminds his readers that reading rock writings that were written by and for the people from cultures not like our own may be difficult – if not impossible, on purpose – for any stranger to their natives to read.
One doesn’t have to be a cryptanalyst to find the images beautiful or the story they tell moving.
Because of the potential risk of vandalism, St. George News honors a request made that it respect the Native Americans by not exploiting the location in this news story.
Those interested in participating in unique hikes in the Southern Utah area may contact the Red Rock Hiking Meetup Group via the linked website.
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