April 20, 2012

Native Americans tour historic petroglyphs at China Lake

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The Tribal youth group stops for a photo during their tour of Little Petroglyph Canyon at China Lake. This event was supported by the Station’s Native American Tribal Liaison Kish LaPierre. The Kern Valley Indian Community supports the Temporary Assistance Program for Needy Families which is headed by Tribal Historic Preservation Officer and Tribal Co-Chairperson Robert Robinson and Tribal Youth Group Leader Victoria Tanner. The children ended their day back at the vehicles with a picnic lunch and discussion of what they experienced. They also drew free hand pictures of the rock art on paper with crayons. These drawings will be on display at the Kern Valley Tribal Headquarters in Lake Isabella, California.

Elders and workers of the Toiyabe Indian Health Project Inc. from Lone Pine and Bishop, California pose for a picture during their tour of Little Petroglyph Canyon, at China Lake. This event was supported by the Station’s Lead Archaeologist Mr. Mike Baskerville and Native American Tribal Liaison, Ms. Kish LaPierre. The mission of the Toiyabe Indian Health Project, Inc. is to improve and establish programs, policies and actions which focus on developing and maintaining healthy individuals, families, and Indian communities while fostering Tribal sovereignty, self-sufficiency, and cultural values. The elders ended their day back at the vehicles with a picnic lunch and discussion of the petroglyphs and the probable importance of these features to their ancestors.

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