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Palatki Heritage Site

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/coconino/recreation/ohv/recarea/?recid=55368&actid=119

A little tiny dot on the map on the west side of Sedona has a great little stop. The site has petroglyph along a rock face, a small shelter built on to the cliff face and a cliff dwelling.   If you have purchased a Red Rock Pass, it works here too.  (Seriously, $15 a week good for about everything that charges to get in. A tourist can’t beat this).  They close at 3:00pm.  The gateman will let you out after 3:00.

The road in is graciously called “Primitive”.  Gravel roads have..Gravel.  This has mud, gravel and rock.  A car will make the trip.   But even in a SUV,is not smooth.   One more thing..

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Yes, the sign is correct.  And they don’t look both ways before they cross..

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But we are here for petroglyph and other things.  Of course, I missed the last tour to the cliff dwelling.   The petroglyph come with a guide.  You check in at a house at the bottom of the hill.   They animus announce your presence.   And you walk about a 1/4 mile.

Don’t touch the artifacts they are heavily guarded!

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The story boards include long time favorites like Kokopelli, zigzag lines, and a creation myth.

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Hawaiian Souvenir 

  

There is a traditional form of art in all cultures.  The Polynesian culture makes drawings on bark paper.  They also have bark apparel.  Which being sold this handmade artwork by a Hawaiian in a bark traditional wrap was a different.  However, a hand crafted piece of work is special to the island.

Each symbol has meaning.  The manta rays which I picked to celebrate a night snorkel drive with them made an interesting study.  The manta rays are peaceful creatures that emanate tranquility.  The female warrior is a strength motif symbolizing the strength to protect the villages while the men were at battle.  The sea turtles represent the closeness of family.  The waves show the sea symbolizing life.   The overprint of the sun displays life and warmth.  Travelers under its rays, head out and from the island.

A special picture with island tranquility.  Inside each Ray are a series of repeating glyphs.  They do hold meanings.  But the designer shared parts not the whole.  The interesting part is after purchasing it, he requested a picture be emailed to give description and allow for an opportunity for making others.  

Some of the details look better upside down