Native American petroglyphs & pictographs

Year inducted: 2012

Native American petroglyphs and pictographs, commonly known as "rock art," are an important part of our Wisconsin–and national heritage. Because they are visible and attractive, they appeal to a broad segment of the population. This renders them endangered, not just from potential vandalism, but also from weathering. The need to preserve and understand "rock art" is more easily conveyed to a wider audience than is the need for conserving other types of prehistoric cultural resources. This is because rock art is above ground and exposed rather than buried under ground. Petroglyphs, pictographs, and portable artifacts such as pottery and stone can provide us with a greatly enhanced perspective on the nature and function of the changing lives of early Native Americans.

Works by Native American petroglyphs & pictographs