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Western Researchers Study Basque Tree Carvings

FEATHERVILLE, Idaho — Some carvings are rousing political slogans. Others depict sexual exploits. And like modern graffiti, a great many merely note for posterity that Joe, Jose, or, most likely, Joxe, "was here." As anthropologists have spent decades combing the red rock landscape of the Southwest for petroglyphs— the prehistoric scrawlings of American Indians — researchers in the Northwest are just beginning to discover a widening trove of arborglyphs— 19th and 20th century tree carvings by Basque sheepherders. Scholars say the drawings provide a blueprint for Basqueimmigration patterns across the western United States and unlatch a window into the psyche of the solitary sheepherder. "Thes

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