Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sedona Pictoglyphs

I know it's not cool, but I had a good excuse.

We went to the State of Hate over the weekend.

And even though it was hot as hell in the Valley of the Sun, the climate improved as we moved north on I 17. We were going to the 80th birthday party of my dear Aunt Francie, the younger sister of my mother. She lives in Sedona in one of those cool Santa Fe type houses with absolutely breathtaking views of this land of giant chiseled red rock.

The sun was just about perfect as we came through Oak Creek and into town. The Chapel of the Holy Cross was nestled in the blazing rock to our right. The church was commissioned by sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude, student of Frank Lloyd Wright. When it was built in 1956, there was barely anything in the valley below it. Today, the area is full of homes. One is particularly ugly. Supposedly, the Chapel is situated on one of the Sedona Vortexes.

Sedona is still full of psychic this and meta that, and there is plenty of opportunity to get spiritual, get a good massage, take a hike, or take a jeep ride into these remarkable sandstone hills and formations. Every night, as the heat of the day would fall away into the dark clear sky,
the magic of this place became evident.

I had been here before, but somehow I didn't appreciate just how splendid these giant red rock formations are. It's like Monument Valley, but with silk sheets. It must have been a killer place to live if you were an Indian though. And yes, all you white Arizonans, there have been people of color living on your land way before your religion even thought of spreading and even before your religion says anyone was anywhere. (Clovis points have been found here.)

We took a Pink Jeep ride to see one of these settlements. And we weren't disappointed. Here's a short video of the trip.



Anonymous Keri Dawn said...

We were just there less than 4 days ago.. I wonder if we were there at the same time. Much agreed. Its too easy to be myopic and not review history and learn wisely from it. When did Arizona b/c a state of the United States?

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Janet Gilles said...

Oh right yes, the Indians were there before the white Christian Arizonans.
And now the Mexicans are losing their land as our subsidized farmers undercut the prices (illegally according to the trade treaties, which do not allow govt subsidies to drive trading partners out of business).
and so they come in desperation, seeking work.

Where is the Christianity?

9:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is a pretty hateful article, how about holding an intellectual debate on immigration policy, comparing U.S. to other countries immigration policies. This reactionary weirdness from this writer just hostile.

11:28 AM  
Blogger oZ said...


Arizona became a state in 1914 on Valentines day. Weird.

As for anon above calling this piece a hateful article...it's mostly a video... I guess the hate state stuff touched a nerve. Somehow, the word kettle comes to mind.

12:48 PM  

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