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Bouse Fisherman Intaglio

Just up Plumosa Road six miles from our campsite sits a historic site thought to have been created hundreds of years ago. We drove up there this morning to check it out. A quarter-mile hike up a two-track path took me to the site, protected by barbed wire fencing.

No one knows for sure when this fisherman was scraped into the desert crust, but the man spearing a fish is said to be the god, Kumastamo! Kumastamo drove his spear into the ground, and from it burst the Colorado River! This is part of a much larger system of Giant Desert Figures that multiple tribes consider a sacred viewshed, or undisturbed space between mountains! The first known person to see them from the air was local pilot, George Palmer, in 1932! From

Unfortunately, it was impossible to make out the image at ground level, standing right next to it. A few details were decipherable, but a drone shot was needed to really see the figure and other objects.

From the ground

Even though I could not recognize the entire image or geoglyph, knowing that Native Americans placed this here, perhaps centuries ago, was a very special experience.

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6 comments on “Bouse Fisherman Intaglio

    1. Very. No doubt about it!


  1. Greg Griffith says:

    That is cool! You and Abby had the whole place to yourselves.

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    1. Thx. Glad you picked up on that. That’s why I took that last shot. I dunno, to stand where they stood hundreds of years ago; seeing the same mountains and, maybe, some of the same Saguaro cacti…… felt almost spiritual.


  2. monypapa says:

    What a neat little side trip!


    1. And it was just up the road!


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