The Middle Fork drainage has wonderful pictographs, in a half dozen different locations along the river corridor. The drawings are believed to be the work of a band of Shoshone Indians, known to their Indian neighbors as the Tukadika, the Mountain Sheepeater People.
The rock messages are believed to be hundreds of years old, and there is evidence to suggest that Native Americans have traveled through the region for thousands of years.
The Tukadika were exceptional hunters, and their pictographs suggest a fascination with wildlife. These native artists used red ochre, or hydrated iron oxide, to create their images.
The Tukadika got embroiled in a series of skirmishes with the U.S. Cavalry in 1879, and as a result, most of them were sent to the Fort Hall reservation near Pocatello.
View more Middle Fork pictographs, taken on our September 2006 Middle Fork journey.