As you clamber up a bank of the San Juan River near Butler Wash, Utah and the ground levels off, an extensive cliff face with 3-4 foot high petroglyphs pecked into a blue varnish comes into view. The broad-shouldered, heroic figures with tapering bodies known as San Juan Basketmaker Shamans are typical of the art made by Anasazi Basketmaker Indians during A.D. 1-400. A close look at this panel reveals elaborate headdresses in the form of crescents suggesting communication with the spirit world. Note the left-ear appendages, also found at Canyon de Chelly in Arizona, that may signify special hearing powers of shamans. The figure on the left has a mountain sheep pecked onto his chest while the figure on the far right appears to wear an elaborate mask. It may be that Anasazi shamans used these representations to reinforce their power in the eyes of others as well as to facilitate communication with the spirit world.