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The purpose of this website is to document and share some of the spiritual communications of the Kumeyaay and Tipai Native Americans portrayed in their pictographs and petroglyphs. We are fortunate that these paintings survived the cultural genocide of the Kumeyaay way of life. This art reflects a state of intimate, natural resourcefulness and respect, that mankind rarely achieves. Some expressions are seemingly simple and others are quite elaborate. Nearly all of them have never been previously published and most have not even been observed by professionals who specialize in this field. A good portion are no longer visible with ordinary vision or digital photography. They are rapidly disappearing, mostly from natural causes. Others may not have been seen in hundreds of years. We welcome you to walk through prehistory and ancient history with the Tipai Shaman and artists who created a remarkable culture in which they and their habitat thrived harmoniously.

Our book was featured on the award-winning series that carefully and compassionately explores the Kumeyaay culture past and present. Elsa Sevilla reviews the rock art in our first book in conjunction with commentary by Kumeyaay elders. Also, various archaeologists in our group provide a scientific context as to what we know about these Shamanistic communications. Elsa's review of many aspects of Kumeyaay life is completely engaging and all programs in her series, Historic Places, are educational and highly recommended for anyone interested in Native Americana.

To view the episode, please click here: https://www.pbs.org/video/government-and-family-structures-fts2qk/

The pictures command your attention.

These photographs of ancient American rock art bleed off the pages and into that place in our minds where the shamans once lived. The draw of Don Liponi’s La Rumorosa Rock Art Along the Border reaches beyond modern archeology and ethnology, which provide a mere hint at the ethos of the prehistoric artists who painted these powerful images. The Kumeyaay were Native Americans who lived on the Baja-California border from about 500 AD to contact times. Their descendants are probably the Yuman speaking Tipai. The striking red, black and white pictographs were painted in caves and on rocks along the southern California border, up the Gila River and along the Colorado River, ranging from the lower Grand Canyon to the Sea of Cortez. This tradition of ancient art is called La Rumorosa, after a site in northeastern Baja, Mexico.

The writer Edward Abbey once said the rock art of the Southwest constituted a classic art tradition, which would someday be recognized as important as the Paleolithic wonders of Lascaux and Chauvet Cave in Europe. I believe this book presents a compelling argument for Abbey’s viewpoint. Here we see paintings of animals and sun bursts, circles and dots, human figures that morph into birds who fly to the other world. Liponi records painting never observed before—because the images were very faded by age or vandalized—rock art captured by a photographic method that amplifies small pigment traces. No one knows for certain who painted the pictures or carved the images, nor can any modern human tell us exactly what the rock art is portraying, though interviews with Native Tipai point to the realm of the spiritual—a shamanistic tradition.

Don Liponi agrees with that indigenous assessment; he recognizes that the value of preserving of archaeological sites and saving wilderness draws from the same well. The most intriguing and complex artistic motifs suggest the crossing of human boundaries to meld with wild nature—that wilderness which has always been our home. 

Douglas Peacock, author of In the Shadow of the Sabertooth, Grizzly Years, Walking it Off, The Best of Edward Abbey,
In The Presence of Buffalo, etc.

For a DStretch tutorial please go to Daren Sefcik and add a dot com to his name . Free but please thank him. He was my coauthor in these books. ...
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La Rumorosa Rock Art
Here you are in Carrizo Gorge in Anza-Borrego. David Zielinski took this short video at a spiritual shaman site of the Kumeyaay Indians. The pictographs are compatible with Trance or ASC imagery. The canyon used to have much more water that supported several villages. The shaman would go into Trance to gain spiritual wisdom. Do you not believe they could do that? One fact of many to counter your viewpoint. The Kumeyaay lived here successfully for more than 10,000 years in harmony with nature by the wisdom of the shaman. We, even with all our clever technology have destroyed everything they tended to in 500 years. And we murdered about 110 million of our Native Americans. Hitler murdered 6 million Jews. We Americans did that. No one should ever ever call these gifted people savages because that title clearly belong to us and our out of control greed and bloodlust for all non-white humanity and to misuse nature as a bank account. We whites are the weakest and most afraid people in the world as a group. In my white tiny brain I believe that we have no spirituality. You are entitled to disagree, but we Americans are guilty by far of the worst genocide in the history of mankind, not even counting the 20 additional million from West Africa during slavery. I could add much more but I have to vomit. The looks at us with disgust and how in our delusional minds do we convince ourselves that we are the greatest country on earth? No improvement is possible until we get honest. When do we start? ...
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