By Conroy Chino
Spirituality and worldview set in stone. Petroglyphs of the Southwest offers a unique perspective on the tens of thousands of petroglyphs and pictographs found in national parks in the Four Corners states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah. The images, created over the centuries by Ancestral Puebloans, Navajo, Hopi, and others, have special meaning to author Conroy Chino, a journalist from Acoma Pueblo. Descendants of those who created the carvings in stone still live in the Southwest. Their history, philosophy, religious beliefs, and culture remain deeply connected to the depictions on rocks of deities, rainfall, masked beings, birds, reptiles, and other symbolic figures. To Chino, the petroglyphs and pictographs endure as a testament to a people whose spirituality and worldview are forever set in stone.
Western National Parks Association 2012