Rattlesnake Canyon is so named for the serpentine course of a deeply entrenched tributary to the Rio Grande. The complex and massive body of painted and overpainted art in this shelter places it among the most elaborate pictograph panels in the region and suggests that the shelter was a ceremonial site of some importance. Composite snake-rabbit shamans dominate with an admixture of flight symbolism, duality metaphors, and grotesques. Domestic debris in the shelter and on the nearby bluff tops testify to a long occupational sequence as well.
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