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Compare this dog pictograph in Horseshoe Canyon with the one shown on the previous page. This time the dog is not big and boxy but is quite small with upturned tail. The figure it stands beside is once again triangular, and even less apparently human than in the previous pictograph.

That this drawing is highly symbolic and thus of religious significance seems unquestionable, but so little is known of the Barrier Canyon Culture, the precise meaning is almost entirely a matter of speculation.

That this one- to two-thousand-year-old panel portrays the supernatural world is all that is certain. That small yellow dogs were afterlife guides of the soul is a recurring theme in several PreHispanic native cultures, perhaps also for the mysterious Barrier Canyon Culture.

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