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Lower Pecos Rock Art: Corporal and Spiritual Survival of Indigenous Peoples of South Texas

October 6 @ 7:00 pm - October 7 @ 4:00 pm


October 6, 2017, 7pm -9pm and October 7, 2017, 9am – 4pm

Whitley Theological Center, Classroom 106


How have the ancient spiritual practices of South Texas and North Eastern Mexico survived the last 500 years?  In part, that survival is grounded in an integrative cosmology that for 4,295 years has been passed from generation to generation. The survival of the South Texan and North Eastern Mexican peoples over the most recent 500 years has included both oral and pictorial narrative wisdom. The Lower Pecos rock art guides our own lives today, where we are, how we are placed, the space and time where we exist here and now.  The art itself, in integrating cosmos, time and place is in effect a map of the spiritual journey. Contemporary retrieval and reconstructions of this wisdom opens our awareness to the mystery of the interrelation of all things. The retrieval has included participative practice in ancient ritual and practice. Generational wisdom of ritual and spiritual practice, as well as contemporary science, combine to show us new ways of “reading” the stories of earth, sky, animals, plants, art, spiritual practice, and more. In that reading and in that ritual, the cosmos, of which we are a part, guides us. Gary Perez will address the questions of survival of body, soul, and culture based on personal, generational teaching and his own experience guiding Native American church peyote rituals. Together we will participate in the revival of indigenous practices as we discover narrative and story embedded in ancient West Texas rock art, stories that speak to mind, body, and soul, telling us who and where and when we are.


Gary Perez was born in San Antonio and adopted through Catholic Ministries from St. Peter & St. Joseph’s orphanage. He was raised in Pearsall Texas by Reymundo and Frances Perez and is a proud father of two. He is the Custodian of the Native American Church Trust in Mirando City Texas. His geographic work on the White Shaman pictograph won him a grant from Texas Humanities in 2015. The White Shaman shows perhaps the oldest map of Texas, approximately 2,000 years old. He lectures on the subject and has been a part of many small documentaries sharing the world view of a people that use Peyote, a spineless cactus found in South Texas and its use as a sacrament in the Native American Church. Gary is a Board member of the Headwaters Sanctuary at The Incarnate Word; and has a permanent role in the Witte Museum’s recently opened Lower Pecos exhibit.




Joe R. Tellez is a native San Antonian and has lived most of his life in San Antonio. He attended school at St. Mary’s Catholic School and Central Catholic High School then went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Science at the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master’s in Geology from Sul Ross State University. Mr. Tellez has taught and worked in both the petroleum industry and in environmental consulting. He is a licensed Professional Geoscientist in the State of Texas. He is currently employed as an environmental specialist for a local environmental consulting firm. For the past 6 years he supported Gary Perez’s research on the White Shaman panel, with a focus on verifying the geographical interpretations of his work by conducting research on geologic and hydro-geologic features which are referenced in the panel. In addition, Mr. Tellez interest in local history especially the Spanish colonial period and the early encounters between Europeans and the indigenous population allow him to support the research of Gary Perez in assessing the impact of the co-mingling of these two cultures.


Tentative Schedule

Session 1: Introduction into South Texas Native Culture and its People(s)

Session 2: Introduction to the White Shaman Rock Art

Session 3: Connecting the meaning of South Texas folklore to Rock Art of the Lower Pecos

Session 4: Our personal, unifying participation in The Cosmos


Fee includes lunch on Saturday.

For information or to register by phone, contact Brenda at (210) 341-1366 EXT 212


Continuing Education events are free* to all enrolled OST students.

All other students, 50% off with student ID.

Register with Brenda Reyna at breyna@ost.edu or (210) 341-1366 EXT 212

*Does not apply to meals and lodging.


All refunds subject to 10% processing fee.



October 6 @ 7:00 pm
October 7 @ 4:00 pm
Event Category:


Continuing Education
210-341-1366 x 212


Whitley Theological Center
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San Antonio , TX 78216 United States
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