Craig Childs, author, "Tracing Time," "House of Rain," "Animal Dialogues"

Air Dates: March 26-28, 2022

This week's guest on REPORT FROM SANTA FE is award-winning author, adventurer, storyteller, and naturalist Craig Childs discussing his new book "Tracing Time: Seasons of Rock Art on the Colorado Plateau." Childs' writings focus on the relationship between humans and the landscape.

"Tracing Time" is about ways of seeing rock art, not what it means. Childs explains that understanding rock art takes time - it is important to "be there" with the art, in changing light and seasons.

Childs is known for following ancient migration routes on foot, pursuing early Pueblo passages across the Southwest and the paths of first peoples into the Americas during the Ice Age. He has published more than a dozen books of adventure, wilderness, and science.

He has won the Orion Book Award and has twice won the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award, the Galen Rowell Art of Adventure Award, and the Spirit of the West Award for his body of work. He is contributing editor at Adventure Journal Quarterly, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Men's Journal, and Outside.

Quote: "I travel the interstitial places, cracks in the sidewalk...I look for the places in between whether I have a month, a day, or a minute. Pinacate of northwest Mexico, Olympic Peninsula, Manhattan, I find wilderness." -- Craig Childs

Other books by Childs include "The Secret Knowledge of Water: Discovering the Essence of the American Desert," "House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest," and "Apocalyptic Planet: A Field Guide to the Ever-Ending Earth."