Photographer's Note

Pueblo Native Americans have lived in New Mexico's Rio Grande Valley for over 10,000 years. In this view within the Petroglyph National Monument is the Boca Negra Canyon section, with a petroglyph of a double cross. The Spanish worked on colonizing the area in the 17th century, but would eventually leave.

The Monument is estimated to have over 20,000 rock etched carvings in the ancient lava rocks. The actual meanings of the petroglyphs is not always certain. Sometimes images are identified based upon the whiteman's interpretations. It is not always appropriate to even reveal the meanings of the images.

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