Ayers Rock Pictographs

Ayers Rock is in Tubatulabal territory, and just a short distance from modern-day Coso Junction. The pictograph designs are of the Coso Painted Style. It is possible that the Ayers Rock pictographs were painted by Bob “Rabbit” Roberts, a member of the Kawaiisu Tribe, and the last Kawaiisu Weather Shaman, having lived well into the mid-twentieth century. It is widely believed that he was responsible for a number of late era pictographs in the immediate area.

The designs present at Ayers Rock depict mostly zoomorphic (animal like), anthropomorphic (human like) figures. Colors represented are red, orange, white, and black.

Directly behind Ayers Rock is a large boulder outcropping, my research prior to visiting the site had indicated that there were no additional pictographs or rock art in the vicinity. I felt the need to verify this on my own, scouring the boulders from top to bottom, but not find anything in addition. There is however an amazing rock shelter at the top of the outcropping, it may have very well been used by the Native people as shelter. The lookout from inside of the shelter overlooks the surrounding valley, and a direct view of Ayers Rock.

 

 

 

Large Coso Style Deer and Sheep.

Large Coso Style Deer and Sheep.

 

 

 

 

 

Life size hand pictographs

Life size hand pictographs

 

Inside the large rock shelter which is located on top of the boulder outcropping.

Inside the large rock shelter  located on top of the boulder outcropping.

 

The rock shelter on top of the boulder outcropping.

The rock shelter on top of the boulder outcropping.

 

The view of Ayer's Rock from the rock shelter.

The view of Ayer’s Rock from the rock shelter.

 

 

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About the author

Jim Mattern

Jim is a scapegoat for the NPS, an author, adventurer, photographer, radio personality, guide, and location scout. His interests lie in Native American and cultural sites, ghost towns, mines, and natural wonders in the American Deserts.