Tracing Time: Seasons of Rock Art on the Colorado Plateau


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$18.95  $17.62
Torrey House Press
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5.2 X 7.87 X 0.71 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

CRAIG CHILDS has published more than a dozen critically acclaimed books, including Virga and Bone, The Secret Knowledge of Water, and Atlas of a Lost World. He is a contributing editor at Adventure Journal Quarterly and his work has appeared in the Atlantic, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times. He lives in southwest Colorado.


"Childs brings refreshing humility . . . Readers might find here, along with a soul-saving historical perspective, a place of calm amid our noise."


"In Tracing Time, Craig Childs invites us to join him on a journey to visit, experience, and try to understand the ancient rock writings scattered throughout the storied northern Southwest--a journey that includes many colorful components and even more colorful characters. This is not an investigation, in the typical and tiresome sense, but a meditation. Punctuated with reflections on Childs's own experience and insights shared with him by descendant knowledge-keepers, Tracing Time is an engaging glimpse into a world both fascinating and fundamentally unknowable to those who aren't born into it."

--R. E. BURRILLO, author of Behind the Bears Ears

"Early in Tracing Time Craig Childs writes, 'This, I am told, is one way to find rock art. Walk around clapping and when you hear a good echo, go look.' This book is a long, glorious clapping session. It is also many many careful, patient, thoughtful, loving looks. Tracing Time holds in it voices that echo across years and also the adorned walls off of which so many stories have been refracted through time. Childs guides readers through a long-lived-in landscape and helps us see more clearly what's been drawn upon the ancient stones."

--CAMILLE T. DUNGY, author of Soil: The History of a Black Mother's Garden

"In a beautifully written new book, Craig Childs climbs desert boulders to find meaning inscribed in the rock, but finds instead mystery. He treks through redrock canyons to see rock art, but is surprised to find himself listening instead, as the artists' voices echo through deep time. As refreshing as a desert storm, Tracing Time is a welcome invitation into the continuities and conundrums of time."

--KATHLEEN DEAN MOORE, author of Earth's Wild Music