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Bouse FishermanThe Bouse Fisherman is an Intaglio also known as a geoglyph or earth figure. These very large earth figures were created many years ago by American Indians. The dark desert pavement stones were removed and the design dug deep into the light colored soil beneath. Thus the figures were preserved for later generations to view. This method is the same used by native Americans having different basic beliefs, in Nazca Plain in Peru.

The fisherman was first spotted in 1932 on the desert floor when George Palmer, a pilot, saw an enormous human figure with outstretched hands. Abtracts in the form of anthropomorphic, zoomorphic, geometric and curvilinear design have been discovered in the past. All are rare, fragile and important.

In 1984, the Colorado River Indian Tribes sponsored a flight which led to a second discovery of the Bouse Fisherman. Bouse residents and others collected money and installed posts and a cable fence around the site. A bronze plaque was set into a stone pillar to commemorate the site hoping for preservation for all.

The site is 12 miles south of Bouse on Plomosa Rd.

extract from " Bouse Arizona - Then & Now"
by Renee Townsend & Carolyn Brown 2012

The Fisherman intaglio depicts a man suspending a spear, with two fish shown below, a sun and serpent above. This geoglyph is located in the foothills of the Plomosa Mountains on the paved road from Bouse to Quartzsite. You can't find the Fisherman without first finding the dirt road that leads you to it. Because this intaglio is small, it's hard to spot even when directly overhead. The dirt road begins on the inside curve of the highway just before it turns westward and descends from the mountain range onto rugged desert plains. Rising terrain is in all quadrants except to the west towards open desert. (GPS coordinates: N33 47 27.9 - W114 05 37.2)


The Snake is located about 10 miles east of Parker on Shea Road (paved road leading north and east of town), near a T intersection with a dirt road that leads south. The site isn't but 1,000 feet southeast of this corner, convenient for anyone who wants to hike after landing on the paved road, which is suitable for light-plane landing. There's a convenient parking area on the southwest corner of the intersection. Watch for road signs and motor traffic. The geoglyph lies atop a dark-colored terrace devoid of vegetation. (GPS coordinates: N34 07 26.3 - W114 04 26.0)

Observe closely to see the eyes, which are in the extreme lower right of the photo.


Ironically, the Blythe Intaglios site -- discovered first -- is now considered by experts to contain the most well known of all Southwestern desert drawings. They're located approximately 15 miles north of Blythe, California, just west of the highway running along side the Colorado River. There are six distinct figures in three locations that are within approximately 1,000 feet of each other. (GPS coordinates: N33 48 00.0 - W114 32 00.0)

From the air you can plainly see the damage caused by irresponsible ATV riders. The result is that now all the inaglios at the Blythe site are fenced to prevent more damage.

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