Spirits of the Stone

Ancient petroglyphs from the Anasazi in the Monument Valley

We spent last weekend near Cortez, Colorado. The area called Canyons of the Ancients contains the highest concentration of previously inhabited Native sites in the U.S. The Puebloan (or Anasazi) people thrived there in the 10th through the 12th centuries and were determined to leave behind their history.

Because they did not have a written language, the Anasazi composed pictorial stories. These petroglyphs were inscribed into soft stone, through a coating of manganese (desert varnish) using sharp rocks or yucca. Interpretations vary, but these petroglyphs tell of successful hunts, conquering enemies, human figures and fanciful creatures thought to be spirits or aliens. Chiseled portraits in rock reminded us of decorating a landing with family photos.

Whether you tell the story of your firm, charitable organization or service, make it as compelling and pictorial as the Anasazi. Use storytelling to inscribe your ideas in the minds of your audience with vivid examples of challenge and success. You will not be forgotten.

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