henley / graphics  Photography 

 

Massau Footprint
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.


Related Links:

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:
 
henley/graphics
 
7 January 2001

Utah Glyph   Rock Art Index