Hopi traditional elder Thomas Banyacya once described the American Southwest as the spiritual center of our continent." Author, photographer, and adventurer John Annerino retraces ancient trails to show us why this is so. Through recent and historical photos, essays, and literary quotes, he takes us across what the Spaniards often feared as despoblados, or uninhabited lands, from Old Mexico to the Four Corners of ancient cities, painted deserts, and trilingual cultural landscapes--some of the most inaccessible land on the continent. Juxtaposed with tales of his own perilous excursions, the book contains oral histories and remarkable images of terrain that few of today's tourists have ever seen. Told from a current point of view, this throwback to the days of Geronimo and Navajo headman Manuelito will appeal to adventurers, historians, and those interested in the mesmerizing mystique of our own American outback.
John Annerino is a photographer and author of photography books, photographic essays, and single-artist calendars of the American West and Old Mexico. His work includes photography for National Geographic Adventure and The Grand Canyon Explored, a wall mural map on display at the Grand Canyon National Geographic Visitor Center.