California Paleo-Indian Tribal Art

In 1976, Anthropologists from UC Berkeley analyzed the Rock Art and Petroglyphs located on Marin County's, Ring Mountain in Corte Madera California.

They concluded that the first inhabitants of California, the Paleo-Indians, occupied this area 8,000-12,000 years ago. They created the term Pecked Curvilinear Nucleated (PCN) Tradition to describe how the Paleo-Indians used small stones to peck away at larger rocks in order to make designs and pictures.


I began collecting California Paleo-Indian Tribal Art in the year 2,000 when I realized that they used their PCN skills to decorate their stone tools and to make wooden objects depicting many of the strange creatures that lived in the area. Two years ago, I discovered that these technologically advanced, but primitive people, had the capability to work with glass and metal.   What began as a hobby has grown into the largest collection of its kind.


      Unless specifically stated, everything on this website was collected in         Marin County, California.


Distinguishing Features and Attributes of California Paleo-Indian Tribal Art:


    • 1. All Paleo-Indian pieces have been manipulated by man.  All pieces have pictures/images worked into them and images will be referred to as "themes." The themes are depictions of culturally important observations about the world around them and what the most successful animals did to survive... and thrive.  The same themes were passed down from generation to generation and young children were taught how to make them by tribe elders.  
    • 2. Sticks, Glass and Pyroclasts all have multiple faces and every turn of the stone reveals new faces.  In other words, faces are visible from every angle.  Simply turn the piece around, turn it over or upside down or rotate the piece 60 degrees.
    • 3.  Sticks are positioned properly when the stick touches the ground in three places.
    • 4.  The best pyroclasts are a combination of metal, glass, bone and stone.
    • 5.  To change the appearance of a piece, simply turn it over or upside-down and you have something new to admire.
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