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The Cave of the White Shaman

For over five thousand years, aboriginal artists of Archaic people painted elaborate scenes upon the limestone canvas of canyons and rock shelters in an area defined by the lower courses of the Pecos and Devil's rivers and their confluences with the Rio Grande in southwestern Texas. Experts consider the rock art of the Lower Pecos River region to be comparable in archeological significance to sites in Europe, Australia and Baja California. The region has more than 250 sites within a 100 square mile area, which is one of the densest concentrations Archaic rock art in the New World. It also contains some of the largest multi-colored rock art images in North America.

Visitors can view some of this famous rock art by boat at Amistad National Recreation Area. Guided tours of the pictographs are also conducted at nearby Seminole Canyon State Historical Park west of Comstock in Val Verde County. The Rock Art Foundation, a non-profit group based in San Antonio that is dedicated to preserving remaining pictograph sites in the Lower Pecos, also leads guided tours and at their White Shaman-Galloway Preserve just west of Seminole Canyon on Hwy. 90.

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