Great Basin Arborglyphs
Arborglyphs, or tree carvings, mark aspen groves throughout the Great Basin National Heritage Area. Created by sheepherders, these markings document their solitary lives as they traveled with their flocks across the basin and range.
Since the trees are now threatened by age, fire, and disease, recording the carvings is critical. With support from the Great Basin Heritage Area Partnership, researchers Nancy Hadlock and Richard Potashin cataloged nearly 400 arborglyphs with photographs, rubbings, descriptions, and family histories. Their research was presented at the Old Sheepherders Gathering in 2018 and was developed into an exhibit that traveled throughout northern Nevada in 2019.
Learn more about the Basque sheepherders and the Great Basin arborglyphs.
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