Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Art, Religion and Nature at the Petroglyph National Monument

Photo: Sony Weakie

Today we went to see the Petroglyph National Monument here in Nuevo Mexico and we meet there with Sony Weakie, a long time Native Rights Fighter and member of the Hopi tribe. He was sharing with us his experience at the frontline struggle to preserve the petroglyphs. With the rapid and unplanned "development" of the city of Albuquerque, the government built a number of roads very close to these sacred place and they even wanted to wreck the pace off to build some more.

This place have been a sacred sight of pilgrimage for numerous tribes of the zone for more than 2000 years. Even tribes from central Mexico recognize this place for the holy and can identify themself with the religious meanings of the petroglyphs. That makes his sacred place a point of convergence for religious experience between the native people of all the southwest area.

The petroglyph sight is a nature temple for the native tribes.

Reynaldo Padilla Teruel

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