American Sculptor Joan W. Patten (1924-2005) lived and traveled extensively throughout Guatemala from 1965-1982. The Guatemalan government granted Joan official, carte blanche permission to make... More > molds, casts and replicas of ancient Preclassic (1500 BC-250 AD) and Classic (AD 250-900) Maya relief sculpture. Her replicas of Maya stelae currently stand in Guatemala’s Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Etnología, the National Zoo and at the Museo Popol Vuh gardens at Francisco Marroquín University. In addition to the replicas, she executed hundreds of rubbings in oils on colored fabric. With a sculptor’s touch and infinite patience, she rendered images onto cloth that are remarkably sharp in detail and line. The rubbings include images that preserve an abundance of information about Maya sculptural traditions, iconography, hieroglyphic writing, mythology and history.< Less
A Folk Memoir of Jake C. See of San Luis Obispo California
The story of Jake C. See is the stuff of legend during the early days of the California frontier when San Luis Obispo was cow... More > country―a time ruled by cattle ranchers and the cowboy way, where the vigilante’s rope and the law of the gun prevailed. This particular story originated with Rachel Jane See whose family adopted the orphaned Jake while crossing the Great Plains by covered wagon train on the way to California.
Considered the “Robin Hood” of the West by friends and the Devil incarnate by the rest, Jake (as history tells) was eventually arrested and convicted of sheep rustling but served only one year of a four year term after local residents petitioned the governor for his early release. The paper reported that Jake died of influenza in the same year but this story tells a different tale of his final demise and colorful life.< Less