Member Access to Martineau Archives 

 LaVan had spent over 40 years devoting almost his entire life, seeking to decipher the writings of the American Indian contained in the rock writings. Studying them had almost become his entire life, and he often spent anywhere from four to sixteen hours a day, seven days a week, year in and year out working on them. He could have made up a lot of hasty interpretations and published many books to enhance his wallet but had only published one book on petroglyphs (The Rocks Begin to Speak) as he wanted to wait until he could master reading them before he published any more.



Through this website, we want to educate the reader in better understanding the PWS (Petroglyph Writing System) through the publication of LaVan's photos, pencil drawing of symbols with interpretations, maps and page descriptions locating the sites. Since most of these were written in pencil on lined paper, the scanning process will need to be edited and cleaned up from the pencil smudges, water damage marks and wear and tear of the images. This will require many hours of work in the process that lies ahead and future publications may takes years. With this Members Only access, those who are truly interested in this work can access original documents (of admins choice), scans and interpretations. Site information, maps and locations sites can be requested for individual use for a small processing fee and some of the more public sites can be shared and posted for members if found in Archives.  Time is critical and these publications have been long overdue for public access. By charging a members fee, funding will help keep this project moving forward in digitizing and preserving the Martineau Archives.


LaVan had started recording petroglyph sites starting in 1959 and ending in 1999. He has in archive thousands of photographs with hand drawn maps and notes to go with the sites, even from those that have since been destroyed. He pencil sketched many panels due to poor photography/lighting or hard to reach sites and noted the directions they were facing and any side notes.

Some of his archives are hand written full panel interpretations, meant for his eyes only and others he did for certain tribes. There is a  dictionary of symbols that show how one word had many ways to draw them and read them.

In archive he has books he started/finished but never published:


  • The Rocks Begin to Speak 2. (incomplete)

  • Bows and arrow making, arrowhead making.

  • Book of Reality (quotes he wrote throughout his life from love, war, society, etc.)

  • Autobiography

  • Indian Prophecies

  • Dictionary of Symbols/Interpretations

  • Indian notes (from all tribes including Canada, Mexico)

  • Sign Language

  • Paiute Genealogy



Martineau Members:

By becoming a member, we want to give you a first hand look into the Martineau Archives.

  • Original pencil drawings and/or photos of petroglyph panels WITH interpretations from various sites in Arizona, Nevada & Utah

  • Excerpts of chapters from Martineau archives including the Symbol Dictionary

  • Maps and photos by request (if Available)


We hope to educate and open the reader’s eyes to one of the oldest forms of a writing system before it is lost forever. When the Symbol Dictionary Volumes are finally released for publication you will have had a first hand insight to these publications and be one step ahead of the knowledge that is waiting to be shared. 


Please click on sign-up button below and put in your name & email information. Please note if email address for payment does not match membership email information, just make sure the correct name is on payment and membership so they can be processed for approval. Payment for membership must be done before approval for membership can be processed.

Thank you.


             Photograph is a portion of the notebooks in Martineau Archives of photographs and notes.


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