The Wonders Expedition™ begins with images from a past shared with the present. Looking for a road map in these images, this Road Monkey seeks answers to long standing riddles cut across the landscape.
Etched ages before Conquistadors crisscrossed the American Southwest when wetter weather graced now parched plains. Each image is a story of passing.
Passing generations, carving lives from a hostile environment along the southern central plains of the Three Rivers Valley near the Sierra Blanca Basin in New Mexico.
It’s believed that for 10,000 years human feet cut paths through these black varnished rocky hills recording their world. These images, many recognizable as big horn sheep, thunder birds (vultures) and medicine wheels. While some appear to be shamans or other-worldly figures cut in black varnished rocks most laid down some 30-million years ago. The black desert varnish, a combination of manganese oxide, iron oxide and clay deposited on the volcanic stones by a native bacteria growing on boulders and rock surfaces accepts and holds well the long ago graffiti of Anasazi and later Jornada Mogollon natives.
What are these pieces? Messages, a mixed metamorphosis of cultures long lost, their wants and thoughts or prayers offered to the four winds. The descendants of those early artists still roam these hills, albeit in Chevys and Tahoes, etching on the ageless landscape the hopes, dreams and prayers in various graffiti.
Journey with this Road Monkey seeking the points between knowledge (light) and superstition (darkness) in an Equinox of unparalleled understanding. Follow the adventure on Twitter with @roadmonkeyone, @archeoastronomy and our unique hashtag, #TWEChevy
Travels in the #TWEChevy Equinox begin Friday March 9, 2012… Join us…
- Thank you, @ChevyTexan for the support (thewondersexpedition.com)
- Indian tribes join forces to save petroglyph site (sfgate.com)
- Indian tribes join forces to save petroglyph site (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Jay Canyon 3: Reflect (arches.wordpress.com)
- Deborah Lippmann’s Daring Summer Varnishes (bellasugar.com)
- Reopening The X-Files: “Anasazi” (tor.com)
- Trend Alert: Vixen Violet Nail Varnish (bellasugar.com)
- Desert varnish: an outdoor canvas (earth-pages.co.uk)