Southwest Texas Lower Pecos 5.


An initial fascination with all things European is evident at Vaquero Shelter where a mission church, longhorn cattle, and cowboys with lariats are meticulously drawn. Considerable attention was paid to articles of clothing, such as epaulettes, hat, buttons, boots, and pipe of the Spanish Official




An initial fascination with all things European is evident at Vaquero Shelter where a mission church, longhorn cattle, and cowboys with lariats are meticulously drawn. Considerable attention was paid to articles of clothing, such as epaulettes, hat, buttons, boots, and pipe of the Spanish Official




Plains Indians brought their characteristic style of picture writing, including shield-bearing figures, to the Lower Plains early in the 18th century. This line of dancing figures, watched by a frocked friar, is but one of a myriad of historic Plains vignettes at Meyers Springs, west of the Pecos River. A smaller version at Bailando Shelter indicates the popularity of this theme




Increasing familiarity with the European ways led to real and fantasized violence. Here, a rider whose hat and ornate Spanish bridal suggest that he is white, is obliterated by a huge red spear that X's him out so to speak




The thunderbird is a famous character in Native American myth. This historic pictograph was painted above a reflective pond where its mirror image flies on the water




Over a period of at least four millennia, the people, whether indigenous or intrusive, who lived near the juncture of los tres rios, painted their worldview, their concept of the social order, and their way of life on the rockshelter walls. Whether stimulated to imitate the ancient ones or by artistic impulses inherent in their own culture, at least three new and different styles of cave painting postdate the Pecos River shamanic art. Each mirrors different concerns of such complexity that another photographic essay would be required to explore their iconography and ideology. The last of the native peoples were the Plains warrior tribes who in their days of glory lived according to two seasons of the year -- the time to hunt buffalo and the time to raid the ranches and settled communities across the Rio Grande. Hunted to extinction, man and beast, theirs is the final portrait of the indivisible dual nature of animal-human painted on the limestone canvas of los tres rios. Clad in his buffalo robe, the impersonator shaman dances erect on human feet beside the man who cannot see him. Although it may not have been the artist's intent, this painting reflects the ultimate destiny of an ancient religious tradition brought to the New World by one people and destroyed by the coming of another

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