Guardian ~ Sego Pictographs in the Barrier Canyon Style

The Sego Canyon rock paintings are new, perhaps painted only seven hundred years ago.

I’ve photographed them several times in morning and evening light.   This image is my favorite:

Guardian: Sego Canyon, photo by Peter Neibert
Guardian: Sego Canyon, photo by Peter Neibert

Under a clear Utah sky the noontime sun is so strong it washes out all the color ~  sometimes you can’t see anything in the stone at all.

Other times I get enough of the right light and shadow to pull out shape and color.  Red, yellow ochre and black.

These Sego Canyon  figures seem familiar.

 

 

 

 

Their style and shape recall the 5,500 year old Barrier Canyon paintings — just a hundred miles distant.  We don’t know who were the ancient Barrier Canyon peoples who created them.  Each new discoverer saw something different and profound in the oldest images.

Holy Ghost Group, Great Gallery, Barrier Canyon (Horseshoe Canyon) photo by Peter Neibert
Holy Ghost Group, Great Gallery, Barrier Canyon (Horseshoe Canyon) photo by Peter Neibert

 

 

Holy Ghost Central Group detail, photo and PS by Peter Neibert
Holy Ghost Central Group detail, photo and PS by Peter Neibert

 

Sego Canyon: Combine D2

“Sego Canyon, Combine D2” (multimedia) wall-hanging derives from  ancient, native American pictographs.

Acrylic on reclaimed redwood, masks carved in fir, pictographic digital photos printed on canvas; dimensions: 20in w x 30in h x 7in deep; wood, acrylic, canvas, plexiglas
Sego Canyon: Combine D2 (Mixed Media wall-hanging)

Acrylic on reclaimed redwood, masks carved in fir scrap, pictographic digital photos printed on canvas (digital inkjet);

  • Dimensions: 20 inches wide x 30 inches high x 7 inches deep;
  • Material: wood, acrylic, digital photos, canvas, plexiglas (translucent over white wall)

Sego Canyon pictographs are probably about 700 years old.  These paintings on desert stone are loosely (and incorrectly) characterized) as Anasazi.  It is more likely that these were made by unknown tribe(s) after the Anasazi disappearance from the Colorado Plateau (circa 1100 – 1275 c.e.).

Significantly, the style of the Sego panels is clearly influenced by the 5,000 year old pictographs in Barrier Canyon — about 100 miles distant.

Photography by Peter Neibert