Big Horn Petroglyphs, Monument Valley

Big Horn Petroglyphs   Copyright © 2006 John D. Clark

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Big Horn sheep were an important economic and spiritual animal for Indians of the southwest. Mountain sheep depictions are common in Arizona and Utah and a great deal of supernatural significance was attached to them. "Pangwu" was the word for bighorn sheep - the leader of the animal kingdom. Although common throughout the southwest, bighorn are actually rather scarce as rock art within Canyon de Chelly. It's possible that these large game animals were not abundant in the canyon itself. In addition, the Anasazi in the canyon were mainly farmers and only hunted occasionally


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