3rd Annual Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival Attracts Thousands
Ancient Native American rock art is the central theme for the third annual Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival in Ridgecrest, California. The celebration during the weekend of November 5-6, 2016 includes a street fair, Native American Film Showcase, crafts from Native American artists, tours to the Coso Petroglyphs, and a full slate of Native American performers, dancers and authentic Native American Music.
Ridgecrest serves as the perfect location for the events, as the home of artifacts and petroglyphs dating more than 10,000 years old. Little Petroglyph Canyon alone contains over 20,000 documented images, one of the largest concentrations in the Western Hemisphere. The unique location of the petroglyphs are protected, which have kept them in remarkably preserved condition, and are only accessible through tours with the Maturango Museum. In an effort to increase accessibility for visitors hoping to see the petroglyphs, special bus tours have been designed for the weekend of the festival. Tickets for the Petroglyph tours must be purchased in advance at here.
Cultural specialists with a deep knowledge of the region's Native American history will provide a variety of presentations, films and talks that allows visitors to have an incredible experience bringing this world of knowledge to add context and understanding of California's most unique cultural treasurers.
These speakers are presenting during the weekend of the Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival and brings a world-class collection of cultural experts.
With nearly 15,000 visitors from all around the world the Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival provides vendors a unique opportunity to reach travelers who are looking for an authentic desert experience. By providing unique products and services, our vendors have a great appreciation for the fellowship and fascination with the region's ancient culture and traditions. click here to download the vendor application.
Speaking about the importance of the buffalo in the Native American's daily life.
Presentation from Tina Guerrero, Tubatulabal Tribe
Sandy Rogers is the archaelogy curator at the Maturango and will discuss "The Discovery of the Coso Petroglyphs."
Presentation by Death Valley Historian Jim Mattern
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