Rock Art Heritage Conservation and Management


The Gila River Indian Community is actively engaged in the inventory and documentation of petroglyphs located within the Community. These recording efforts also include oral history interviews with tribal members who have knowledge of the areas where the art occurs. Rock art sites include prehistoric and historic period figures, and they are found throughout the buttes and mountains surrounding the Middle Gila River. This art often occurs along trails, and in prominent locations such as mountain ridges or passes. Petroglyphs are associated with many areas that are sacred to the modern members of the Community, and most rock art sites are considered to be Traditional Cultural Properties (TCPs). Other goals of our work are to prevent rock art site damage, as well as to mitigate and restore damaged sites. Public outreach within the Community maintains and strengthens ties to the landscape. These efforts are also designed to facilitate access to sacred sites for elders as well as young people learning O’odham traditions. Heritage awareness fosters preservation and protection of these important locations. The Community is committed to a holistic approach for the appropriate sharing of knowledge, while also safeguarding sacred and important places on the landscape.

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Cite this Record

Rock Art Heritage Conservation and Management. Teresa Rodrigues, Frances Landreth, Lorrie Lincoln-Babb, Chris Loendorf. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397150)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;