Sarah made a precise record of our progress as we drove. Stitching the maps together, I created a line drawing of our entire route. It reminds me of a passage from Blue Highways;
Over the next hour, he talked about the Hopi Way, and showed pictures and passages from the Book of the Hopi. The key seemed to be emergence. Carved in a rock near the village of Shipolovi is the ancient symbol for it.
With variations, the symbol appears among other Indians of the Americas. Its lines represent the course a person follows on his “road of life” as he passes through birth, death, rebirth. Human existence is essentially a series of journeys, and the emergence of a symbol is a kind of map of the wandering soul, an image of a process; but it is also, like most Hopi symbols and ceremonies, a reminder of cosmic patterns that all human beings move in.
- William Least Heat-Moon