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La Rumorosa Rock Art Along the Border: A survey of Kumeyaay and related artwork in Southern California, Colorado River Corridor, Western Arizona and Baja California

  • Los penasquitos ranch house 12115 Black Mountain Road San Diego, CA, 92129 United States (map)

Extending from more than 100 miles south into Baja California, to Gila Bend, AZ in the east, as far north as Havasupai Canyon in the Grand Canyon and as far west as the foothills of San Diego.  This shamanistic tradition of artwork was used to promote and optimize interactions with nature and to life situations encountered by the group.  The shaman, by various means sought out the spiritual world for answers and relayed their visions in the paintings they rendered.  Since the rock is overwhelmingly granite, petroglyphs are quite rare.  Our team and the book has about 15 major contributors, one-third of which are Native Americans, along with  prominent regional professional archaeologists and avid avocationalists.  Working together over a five year period, we discovered or rediscovered more than 100 new rock art sites that have never been published.  They are presented here for the first time.  Please come join us for an amazing evening.  Don Liponi, photographer, editor and author will be signing his book.  Don is a volunteer researcher for the BLM in El Centro, CA. The book is on sale for only 20$ this evening in order to raise funding for the second volume of this area which is underway.  Don has memberships with the Society of California Archaeology, California Rock Art Foundation, Anza Borrego Desert Natural History Association, Utah Rock Art Research Association, Coachella Valley Archaeologic Society and the San Diego Rock Art Association. Most of all he loves to be in the desert and finding new sites for the project with other friends. I really feel like I have saved something important and it is a very positive feeling.


Don Liponi


3729 Jewell Street

San Diego, CA