Pictograph, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona

Painted Ghosts on a Rock Wall

They brought their guns, they brought crosses, they brought an end to the ancient ways of this land. They came on horses that trampled the soil, that fed on the maize, that drank from the river. Spotted dogs sniffed out the places of refuge. During those first days the ancestors painted their ghosts on this rock wall, marching through a dream beneath the twin suns fleeing the robed one who came to crucify an older way of believing. ♨

Canyon de Chelly Pictograph
Canyon de Chelly Pictograph (Photo by T.S. Bremer, 2008)

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