Crow Canyon Dinetah

The petroglyph panel below is thought to represent the Navajo Beadway myth or story concerning Bead Boy in the Eagle's nest. In the story Pueblo Indians lowered Bead Boy over a cliff in a basket to steal an eaglet for its feathers. Bead Boy (Scavenger or Beggar Boy) refused to throw the eaglets down so the feathers could be obtained. When the parent eagles returned they produced food from packets under their wings and protected the Beggar Boy from the Pueblos. In the petroglyph Bead Boy is holding the eaglet and is standing on an Eagle who will help him ascend to the sky to live with the gods. Several of the panel's images are superimposed and were made at different times. Three earlier ancestral Puebloan anthropomorphs are seen beneath the recent Navajo images.