Colorado and Utah – Big Horn Pictogram

Long before the Mormons or we Gentiles reached the Green River Valley the Native Americans were already there.  This pictogram of a Big Horn Sheep being chased by a wolf or coyote was made by the Freemont people.  Whoever the Freemont were they’re considered to be a distinctively  different group from any of the various Ute tribes that occupied the Great Basin when Anglo settlers arrived in the 1800s. What little we know of them comes from sites like this, “deluge shelter” in the eastern most portion of Utah.  Deluge shelter is along Jones Hole creek, which is a lovely hike even in the heat of mid summer.  You may, quite reasonably, be wondering about the origins of the site name.  The archeological survey team that was working on the site got caught in a massive rain storm one afternoon (and it’s really not the best place to be in a storm, being in a canyon and all) and the name was born.  I’m hardly an expert on these things, but I find the presence of the zia on the right interesting as well, as it is a design I associate more with New Mexico in my mind.

One of the pictographs at Deluge Shelter in Jones Hole, part of Dinosaur National Monument. These pictographs are located along the Jones Hole trail, which runs between the Jones Hole Fish Hatchery and the Green River.

One of the pictographs at Deluge Shelter in Jones Hole, part of Dinosaur National Monument. These pictographs are located along the Jones Hole trail, which runs between the Jones Hole Fish Hatchery and the Green River.

Here’s a link to see the photo more clearly and to purchase it should you so choose(It would be nice if you did). http://joshua-house.artistwebsites.com/featured/pictogram-big-horn-joshua-house.html

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