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A look at Hawaiian petroglyphs in Utah

Researchers are examining Hawaiian rock art found carved into Salt Mountain in Utah 100 years ago when a Hawaiian Mormon settlement flourished there.

Some of the images, including lizards and turtles, could have evoked the sense that ancestors were still watching over these transplanted Hawaiians, according to Benjamin Pykles, an anthropology professor at the State University of New York at Potsdam.

Those animals were associated in Hawaii with “`aumakua,” ancestral spirits who guard their descendants.

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Story: Carrie Peyton Dahlberg, ISNS | Photo: Benjamin Pykles, ISNS

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