San Juan Basketmaker Site
2021
20" x 13"
Framed: 25" x 20"
Photography, Archival ink on Epson exhibition fiber paper
#1 of 10
signed, titled and dated front
signed, titled, dated and numbered verso
At this San Juan Basketmaker site in Utah, towering stacked headdresses are featured as independent symbols of shamanic power. Commonly these headdresses are protrayed on the heads of San Juan Basketmaker anthropomorphs, as also shown here. Other important paraphernalia are necklaces and belts. Estimated dates for these figures fall between 200 BCE and 400 CE.

About the Artist
(1947)
William Frej is an award-wining photographer and author who began his professional life as an architect. He later served for almost thirty years as a diplomat, living and working in Indonesia, Poland, Kazakhstan, and Afghanistan. He also has traveled extensively in the mountain regions of Nepal, India, Pakistan and in Central Asia, as well as throughout Mexico and Guatemala.

Since 1970, always with his camera at his side, he has photographed Indigenous people and their environments. Bill has produced four fine art photography books since 2020: Maya Ruins Revisited: In the Footsteps of Teobert Maler, Seasons of Ceremonies: Rites and Rituals in Guatemala and Mexico, Travels Across The Roof of the World: A Himalayan Memoir, and now Blurred Boundaries: Perspectives on Rock Art of the Greater Southwest.

His books have won more than forty awards including eight “photography book of the year” awards and a Silver Medal for Travel Books from the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition in 2023.

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