By Donald Panther-Yates
Paperbound, 80 pages, with original color photographs
With a combination of reverence and humor, Panther-Yates takes us on a tour of the Four Corners’ world-renowned – and lesser known – ancient sites. Originally published in the Santa Fe Sun-News, these columns testify to New Mexico’s undeniable power and mystery.
In addition to the usual Native American dances, kiva mysteries and petroglyphs, the author introduces us to the offbeat spiritualities of the Muslim-like Penitentes of Abiquiu, Chimayo’s santeros and a teaching coven of witches in Taos. We visit a Sikh temple, study the Phoenician Hebrew Ten Commandments Stone in Los Lunas and explore the hippie nirvana of Santa Fe.
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From the Foreword
These articles with their accompanying photographs were published in the Sun-News over the years from 2004 to 2007. They began when my wife and I moved to Santa Fe in September 2004—unintentionally, I should add, because we originally had our sights set on Phoenix. When we got to Clines Corner in the U-Haul truck we veered off the highway to visit the City of the Holy Faith and stayed.
The definition of “sacred site” is a rather loose one. As an American Indian, I regarded every site inhabited by my people as sacred, consecrated by the sheer fact that indigenous tribes had lived there. This was especially the case in the Southwest with its fantastic ruins, admired all over the world as high points of Native North American civilization. I went to pay homage to the ancestors.
There are too many people to thank for the opportunity to visit these places and make this record available to the reader. My chief thanks go to Skip Whitson, publisher of the Sun-News, who printed the pieces, and to Orlando Vigil, who took me to La Bajada and served as a constant source of local information for all the following excursions. I cannot adequately express my appreciation towards all the correspondents and experts who verified historical and linguistic interpretations. To my wife, Teresa Panther-Yates, I am also most grateful.
(Also available in hardcover editions from our publisher)
|DONALD PANTHER-YATES was born in Cedartown, Georgia, and earned a doctorate in classical studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author ofThe Los Lunas Mystery Stone, The Bear Went Over the Mountain, a history of Cherokee families (including his own) that remained in the East after Indian Removal, When Scotland Was Jewish (with Elizabeth Caldwell Hirschman) and numerous publications in American Indian studies. He lives in Phoenix.|
Articles and Photography from the Santa Fe Sun-News
Petroglyph National Monument
Shadows of Chaco Canyon
Coatis on La Bajada
Doorway to Mimbres
Fossil Corn at Jémez
Witches and Angels at Taos
City of the Holy Faith