Do you know what a petroglyph is? Today we had a video conference with the Minnesota History Center. We learned about a historic site in Minnesota called the Jeffers Petroglyphs. After our conference we all wrote down some of the facts we learned. Here are a few of them:
- Petro means stone and glyph means picture, so petroglyphs are pictures that are made in stone.
- Native Americans drew symbols on rocks to tell stories about what was important to them.
- We know what the symbols mean because of the oral tradition which is still passed on today.
- Native Americans used tools made of stone, wood and animal bones.
- They had a tool called an atlatl. It helped them throw an arrow 2.5 times farther than they could by hand.
- Native Americans drew timelines in the shape of a spiral instead of a straight line.
- They planted three sisters gardens, which had corn, beans and squash.
- Many petroglyphs had pictures of buffalo, which the Native Americans used for food and to make clothes, houses and tools.
After we learned about petroglyphs we tried making petroglyphs of our own. We used sand paper and crayons to make drawings of things that are important to us. Here’s a slideshow of our model petroglyphs. Can you tell what our favorite symbols are?
There is a hiking trail close to our school called Hieroglyphic Trail, where you can see real petroglyphs. Have you ever seen a real petroglyph?