Blog > Petroglyph workshop at Ah Haa in Telluride
Living in the Southwest I’ve always been curious about petroglyphs. Zia pueblo artist Peter Pino was teaching a workshop in Telluride on the process of how they can be done so I signed up. The workshop was held at Ah Haa School for the Arts in Telluride, Colorado. It involved a 3 hour drive to and from the workshop but I had to do it since it was only 4 hours of class time and there wouldn’t be any need to spend the night in Telluride plus the need to learn about how it’s done.
One great question that was asked from one of the students was what the history was behind the petroglyphs and what was the reason they were made. The teacher answered the question by saying that they were first used to let the people migrating know where water was available but drawing bird tracks on the rocks. The reason for the bird tracks was because small birds tend to stay close to where there’s water available. From there the rock art evolved into more designs and the communications between the people migrating increased.