|Can you see the face in the rock? (top looking right)|
|Can you see the lizard?|
|Can you see the rock FACE (at the top).|
|Can you see the Skull (or is it a Monkey)?|
|Can you see the face (looking left, with a beard)|
While on the bluffs, we noted a couple about 100 feet away, who were VERY close to the edge of the cliffs. They started up a conversation, indicating that they were there because her grandmother had just passed away and their purpose was to honor her spirit. By standing on the top of the cliffs and facing into the wind, they were breathing in her spirit. They were members of two different local clans of the Acoma clan. We had a fascinating conversation about their beliefs about honoring the spirit of the departed. They also pointed out various items in the landscape and described how they were used in the native culture. In the top of the stone bluffs were some depressions, some of which appeared to have been man made. They were. Our new Indian friends explained how the depressions at the top of the bluff were used for soaking their feet and the importance of the tadpoles that were swimming in the water of one of them, as they are supposed to possess superior spiritual powers. They also explained how to make a tea from sprigs of the evergreen next to us. The tea is excellent for bronchial infections. They also explained how to make a tea from a type of grass that grows along the road. Before they left they asked to keep in touch, as they had so enjoyed sharing their culture with us. A few minutes after they left, they came back. They had identified the grass that they were telling us about, stopped to gather some and came back to bring it to us, so that we could try making a tea out of it.