Hand Pictograph, Canyon de Chelly

Hand Pictograph   Copyright © 2006 John D. Clark

Print #06-146

The human hand is probably the most universal symbol throughout the globe in rock art and cave art. Humans seem to have an innate desire to say, "This is me, I was here." Modern Indians consider the handprint to be a signature of the individual. Sacred spots were marked by handprints so that the supernatural beings would know who had made the offerings. They are also expressions of "sympathetic magic", that the individual desires to bring forth whatever is pictured such as rain, a good hunt or bountiful crop.

  

© 2006 John D. Clark
Updated 12/28/2006