|U.S. National Register of Historic Places|
|California Historical Landmark #101|
|Nearest city:||Blythe, California|
|Governing body:||Bureau of Land Management|
|Added to NRHP:||August 22, 1975|
The Blythe Intaglios are a group of gigantic figures found on the ground near Blythe, California. The intaglios are found east of the Big Maria Mountains, about 15 miles (24 km) north of downtown Blythe just west of U.S. Highway 95 near the Colorado River. The largest human figure is 171 feet (52 m) long. The intaglios are best viewed from the air.
The figures are believed to be between 450 and 2,000 years old. According to the Mohave and Quechan Indians, natives to the lower Colorado River area, the human figures represent Mastamho, the creator of all life. The animal figures represent Hatakulya, one of two mountain lions/persons who helped in the creation. Sacred ceremonial dances were held in the area in ancient times to honor the creation.
Knowledge of the Intaglios was lost, until in 1932 they were accidentally found by a pilot flying to Blythe from Las Vegas. His find led to a survey of the area by Arthur Woodward, Curator of History and Anthroplogy at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
Blythe Intaglios are ancient drawings that give full picture only from the sky and they can be found near the city of Blythe in California. On one of these drawings is Mustamho, the creator deity. The creators of the drawings belonged to the Yuman tribe. The logic of drawing pictures that give sense only from the sky is the same as we can see in Nazca Peru.