The following is with out any doubt one of the most difficult restoration projects I have ever undertaken. I don't think there is anything more I can do, except keep studying it. Unfortunately and obviously it is not a physical restoration, If Only... I hope the artificial back ground is sufficient and acceptable for the viewers, my first objective is to restore to the point making possible the study of the panel in its entirety, the second is to share... I hope you enjoy...
Some years later a Navajo friend from the area took me to show me a petroglyph site near Kanab, it did not dawn on me until after I documented the entire panel as to what it was and that it is more than likely the very map rock that my friend was told of.
After being taken to this site, and trying to solicit rock art organizations for help with no success, we decided to take upon ourselves the project... consulting with an BLM archaeologist, My friend Glen, his wife JoDee and I set out to the site to undertake what we felt might be impossible due to the massive amounts of graffiti at the site which made it very difficult to document, this was near 15 years ago. Many days had passed documenting this site meticulously using a mirror to cast light under the overhanging ledge where it was always shaded except in winter months capturing even the finest details and being very careful to distinguish between graffiti and Native American glyphs.
When we finished I knew we could not get all of the entire site into one picture and so we took photos starting from left to right and moving from top to bottom. It would be 11 years before Randy Bradford put enough pressure on me to finish the project which I could not in previous years due to the lack of capable software. The painstaking process of putting the pieces or individual photos together began in about 2006, My only critics have been, the very people whom I sought help from, but received no response. Quite to my surprise, I posted this one year ago, and apparently there are some who just do not understand, this is not "Art" it is an ancient message from the past... a message intended for future generations... and whatever it takes to preserve that message, I WILL do... I don't care what the critics have to say...
I wish I could tell you the half of what you are looking at and what it took to get to this image... but this photo is the results of all the work that Glen, JoDee and I put into it, not to mention 11 years later meticulously converting the photos to black and white and then matching them side by side etc... to get the end result you see here..
This map as I call it, shows not only the 3 lakes site north of Kanab but also things pertaining to the underground cities of the Aztec, one presumed to be found in the grand canyon, and things some would think has to do with the legends of Moctezuma and other things I am certain you would not believe should I tell. Why is this panel so important? Because it is a Historic event and validates some things found in the Aztec Record.
This panel talks of "the People" fleeing before an enemy and showing details of their tactics to evade them but was this the Spanish invaders, or some other unknown culture? It also shows the location of the cave in which the Aztec came from anciently and was their home for near 300 years after they had been expelled from their homeland of Aztlan. Most anyone can see the implications of the 3 Lakes site of which you can find North of Kanab and you will notice the hieroglyph activity at the 3rd lake or south lake, including two hieroglyphs showing broad movement or enter at the 3rd lake and "fleeing" from it.
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