House of Many Hands, Canyon de Chelly

House of Many Hands   Copyright © 2006 John D. Clark

Print #06-140

House of Many Hands is a significant ruin in the Monument Valley area. The abundance of hand prints at this site gives the ruin its name. The most common are simple, positive handprints made by simply placing the hand in paint and transferring the impression to the rock. Less common and more difficult is the negative handprint made by wetting an area of the rock, placing the hand over the wet rock and then blowing dry pigment over the hand where the pigments adhere only to the wet surface around the hand.


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