• With this issue Desert Magazine be-gins its seventh year. Over there in NorthAfrica where Desert's editor is servingwith the armed forces, this anniversarydespite the fast moving war scene, willbring back memories to Randall Hender-son—especially that first birthday ofDesert's, when we boasted around athousand subscribers. Today, on our sixthbirthday, Desert's reader-family is fastapproaching the 100,000 mark. That's arecord for a magazine with no promotionor publicity department. It's a tribute tooto the ideals and imagination and judg-ment of Desert's founder—Randall Hen-derson.• Next treat in store for desert rock-hounds is an imaginary trip into time—two million years back, into a strangeworld of volcanic activity, forests, rhino-ceri,three-toed miniature horses andcamels—in the Mojave desert! That'sthe setting Jerry Laudermilk has de-scribed with dramatic realism for hisstory of petrified wood.• Sidney Armer this month relates thehumorous experiences encountered whenhe and his wife Laura Adams Armer es-tablished their home in the remote Nav-ajo country of northern Arizona. Hestudied art in San Francisco and until1940 most of his work was illustration.More recently he has been occupied withpainting California wildflowers. Visitorsto Los Angeles museum of art will seea group of 60 of these paintings in thepermanent exhibit. Navajo sandpaintingsmentioned in this month's story weremade by Laura for Mary Cabot Wheel-wright as part of the most important andcomplete collection of sandpainting re-productions in the world, now housed inthe Museum of Navajo Ceremonial Artin Santa Fe, New Mexico.• "The Gods Walked Up There" is agenuine desert Christmas story—the Nav-ajo story of creation and the beginningof the world as told to Richard VanValkenburgh by the Mountain ChantSinger. It will be illustrated with a setof panels created especially for this storyin tempera by Van Sinajinih. ThisNavajo artist has achieved the finestwork of his career in beautiful simplicityand gentle color. Van (the writer) sayshis technique is strikingly like that usedby Little Sheep, the primitive Navajoartist (—1835) whose polychromes havebeen found on the walls of Canyon delMuerto. With Charles Keetsie Shirleyand Hoke Denetsoi, Van Sinajinih ranksas one of the foremost Navajo artists. Inaddition to being an exceptionally finemuralist, he also has illustrated a numberof books and articles dealing with hispeople.
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TOTEM POLE, MONUMENT VALLEY, UTAH. Photoby Josef Muench, Santa Barbara, California.Notes on Desert features and their writers ... 3Fort Lowell RuinsBy J. WILSON McKENNEY 4Lee's Ferry on the ColoradoBy CHARLES KELLY 5Desert Refuge, by MARSHAL SOUTH .... 9Carlsbad Caverns 11Toli Goes Back to LagunaBy MARGARET STONE 12Hard Rock Shorty of Death ValleyBy LON GARRISON 16Comment from Desert Magazine readers . . .17The Roadrunner, and other poems 19Desert Garden in Navajo LandBy SIDNEY ARMER 20Shorty and the Lost ChinamanBy WILLIAM CARUTHERS 25Briefs from the desert region 27Meet the Trailing MilkweedBy MARY BEAL 28Here and There on the Desert . 29A test of your desert knowledge 32Gems and Minerals—Edited by ARTHUR L. EATON 33Amateur Gem Cutter, by LELANDE QUICK . . 36Spider Woman, and other reviews 37Just Between You and Me, by the Editor .... 38
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