henley / graphics Photography
Massau Footprint, 1992
When the Hopi people first came to this continent, they were met by the spirit being Massau
who gave them their instructions for living in this place. This image of the footprint (it's on the right sloping surface), and my old
friend frog, are but a couple of the 15,000 living images in the Petroglyph National Monument
on Albuquerque's west side.
Still a very endangered national monument in the US, with urban
development up to it's borders, and six lane roads proposed to be built through and close by, what
essentially is to local native americans, a sacred area reminding them of who they are, where they came from, and where they are going.
Standing on the edge of this monument next to images like this,
one becomes clearly aware of the clash of cultures happening in our time.
Painting of the Elder, a message from Pat Jojola, Isleta Pueblo, N.M.
NM League of Women Voters Statement and Appeal to citizens concerning the Petroglyph National Monument
Collectors Guide Article on Petroglyph National Monument
National Park Service - New Mexico Monuments
Photograph © 1997, All Rights Reserved:
7 January 2001
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