All Along The San Juan River Gallery

Basketmaker rock painting at Chinle Wash, Navajo Reservation, Utah. Red paint is made from grinding red ochre (hematite) into a fine powder.  Water is added along with a combination of organic binders including, blood, eggs, animal fat, saliva, and plant extracts (Slifer 2000).  Bedrock metates are often seen at the base of a rock painting where the minerals were ground.