Heritage, Volume 12, Number 2, Spring 1994 Page: 4
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THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
By John B. Meadows
The artistic contribution of the Texas
Indians is an integral part of this state's
history. In observance of "Archaeology
Awareness" during the month of April,
this issue of HERITAGE magazine is devoted
to archaeology and includes two articles
on Rock Art: "Rock Art and Shamanistic
Thought", by Solveig Turpin, and
"In Pursuit of Vanishing Rock Art" by
Wyman Meinzer. Additional articles delve
into Grant D. Hall's search for San Saba,
and Karen and Mike Collins' follow-up on
the Moore-Hancock Homestead.
Among my earliest recollections are trips
to the family ranch in Crockett County
along the Pecos River, with my father Henry
E. Meadows and my brothers Henry, Tom, ^
and Robert. Invariably, we would journey
to either a cave shelter or a bluff along the
Pecos River where my dad would acquaint
us with the primitive figures and symbols that had been painted so
long ago. As we would sit, we would conjure stories and images of
the ancient folk. This interest in ancient Indian drawings has
remained keen, and during the years, I have visited these sites over
and over again, and have journeyed all across the Four Corners area
and to multiple sites in the Chiapas area of Mexico to view rock
Often times, when reference is made to rock art, people think of
areas such as those along the San Juan River in Utah, or along other
rivers further westward. As important as those records are, the rock
art of the lower Pecos River Canyon region and areas of the Big
Bend and the Panhandle are equally as preserved, important, and
telling. In the past there have been some wonderful publications
that dealt with Texas rock art such as the 1967 publication by
Forrest Kirkland and W.W. Newcomb Jr., "The Rock Art of Texas
Indians," and more recently the 1986 Harry J. Schafer and Jim
Zintgraff publication "Ancient Texans". The latest is a fine book
"Pecos River Rock Art" by Jim Zintgraff
and Solveig A. Turpin. We are pleased that
Dr. Turpin has contributed her article for
this issue highlighting some of her new
work in the Trans Pecos.
Wyman Meinzer's piece on "Vanishing
Rock Art" enlightens us to the fact that
unless prompt efforts are put into effect,
this art from thousands of years ago may be
The Foundation is honored to have
assisted Dr. Grant D. Hall of Texas Tech,
another contributor to this issue, in his
search for the Mission Santa Cruz de San
Saba in Menard County. Evidence has
been discovered that suggests that the site
may have finally been located.
In other Foundation news, I am happy
to report that we now have aboard a new
executive director, Julie Klump. Julie is a
most energetic and capable person who brings much enthusiasm
with her. The Foundation is fortunate to have a person of Julie's
caliber on the staff, and you can read more about her in the short
article on page 7. At the same time, I would like to extend the
Foundation's deepest gratitude to Jackie Stocker for having served
as executive director for the last four years and for having provided
stability and invaluable assistance to the Board and its officers.
The Foundation has just returned from its Spring board meeting,
which was held in conjunction with the annual gathering of the
Texas Historical Commission, in San Angelo in late April. A
Foundation-sponsored educational program, a banquet honoring
individuals and organizations making significant contributions to
the preservation of Texas heritage, and the awarding of several grants
were all part of the three-day meeting. (See stories on pages 20 and 22.)
Before I close, let me thank each of you for your support of the
Historical Foundation and its efforts to preserve this state's heritage.
God Bless Texas.
4 HERITAGE * SPRING 1994
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