Sand Island petroglyphs tell ancient stories |

Sand Island petroglyphs tell ancient stories

by Renelle Lott
Special to the Post Independent
Photo courtesy of University of Colorado Museum ofColorado Mountain College gallery presents the "Time Etched in Stone" traveling exhibit through July 27 at the CMC gallery at Ninth and Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs. A public reception will take place from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the gallery.

Colorado Mountain College’s gallery is one of the first to host a new traveling exhibit from the University of Colorado’s Museum of Natural History. And while the exhibit, “Sand Island: Time Etched in Stone,” is new, the art is centuries old.

The public is invited to attend the opening gallery reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday and meet with archeologist and rock art researcher Ann Phillips, of the Cedar Mesa Project in Boulder.

Wind, sun and time have not taken away one of the greatest archeological records of North America. Layers of petroglyphs from Navajo, Ute, Hopi and Zuni peoples, as well as European explorers and American settlers, blanket a stone wall in Sand Island, Utah. Rising 60 feet above the floor of the San Juan River basin, the 300-foot long red sandstone cliff stood its ground while Egyptians built the pyramids, Rome fell and Europeans “discovered” the Americas. The CU exhibit reveals insights from Native Americans, rock art specialists and archeologists.

“San Juan County has over 2,700 rock art sites,” said rock art researcher Joe Pachak. “This is one of the most densely populated rock art records that we have on the planet.”

CMC’s Center for Excellence in the Arts hosts a children’s Sand Island gallery walk and art workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 27 for kids ages 9-12. Space is limited, so call 947-8367 by June 17.

The “Sand Island: Time Etched in Stone” exhibit is open through July 27 at the CMC gallery, located at Ninth and Grand in Glenwood Springs.

Wisdom Works Popular as final lecture nears

It’s proven true. Wisdom works. The first two free lectures in the CMC Wisdom Works series have brought volumes of people, said organizer Terry Glasenapp: “We have had a tremendous response, a full house and waiting lists both times, and still we were able to get everyone in.

“I think it’s an enduring human need to be inspired by elders (in age) and that different cultures have people with really different presentations, as we have seen a monk with a scholarly grasp of history and a Ute elder speaking from his heart with great humor,” he said.

The final discussion, by Peru native motivational speaker Luis Polar Sr., offers stories, humor and experiences in English and Spanish from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, June 9, at CMC’s Glenwood Center.

Polar was born of Inca heritage in Peru in 1935, and after what he terms “experiencing many of life’s disappointments” during a turbulent childhood, he served in the Peruvian military. He came to America in 1961 to work as a dishwasher and deliveryman, then in other business jobs, and eventually in international sales and public speaking. He studied motivational speaking and has lived in six countries. He is visiting his son Luis Polar Jr., editor of La Mision.

Call the Glenwood Center at 947-8472 to reserve your evening with Polar.

Renelle Lott writes a CMC column for the Post Independent. If you have questions, please call the CMC Public Info Office, 384-8506.

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