Lertxun Marrak

Tree Carving of Woman

Tree Carving 1890

Tree Carving of Man with Pipe


Hikers in the mountains of the Far West have long known about mysterious carvings found on aspen trees - names and initials, dates, phrases in several languages, even human and animal figures - but few have questioned their intent or significance.  Historian Joxe Mallea-Olaetxe has spent over a decade recording and and studying these arborglyphs, which were largely the work of Basque sheepherders.  This website features many of these carvings.


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