Mary Locke Crofts
July 25th, 2015
11:00- 1:00 pm
Pathways to Ancient Shelter: A Sojourn in Langtry, TX
About Mary Locke Crofts:
Mary Locke Crofts grew up in Big Spring in west Texas. After college at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, travelled, she married, reared two children and eventually settled in San Antonio. Yet she always yearned for the open skies and wide horizons she had left.
After several years of teaching English at UTSA, she became a storyteller, focusing on stories of Texas history, legends, and characters, many of which she found in the works of J. Frank Dobie. Her interest in the power of narrative and in the archetypal patterns as described by Carl Jung led her to pursue a doctorate in mythology and depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California.
Her journey to California resulted in her return to west Texas to study seemingly unknowable rock art. In her struggle to interpret this work mythologically, she determined that direct experience of the art in its desert landscape context and letting it resonate with her directly was the most honest way to speak of it. She lives in San Antonio and Langtry.
About Pathways to Ancient Shelter: A Sojourn in Langtry, TX:
When the myths and stories of a certain place intersect with those of a particular person, a reciprocity of giving and receiving results.
After decades of yearning for a return to the beloved west Texas of her youth, Mary Locke Crofts experienced such an encounter when she went to the borderland of Langtry, Texas, to write a dissertation about ancient pictographs. Working from a rented country house near the Rio Grande, Crofts entered in imagination the lives and stories of hunter-gatherers who painted on the canyon walls and in so doing became deeply aware of her own resonances and responses to this mysterious and sacred place. This book bears witness to her journey.