The Hidden Heart of Baja Author:Erle Stanley Gardner Erle Stanley Gardner, noted creator of the best-selling mysteries of our times, is at heart an adventurer-explorer who heads for the least trammeled, most remote areas he can find whenever he gets the chance. — For several years, Baja California has provided him with the type of adventure he loves: rugged terrain, complete lack of urbanization, a... more »nd the constant challenge to survival inherent in an arid, sparsely inhabited country.
In Hunting the Desert Whale he has recounted his explorations of this mysterious, little-known land by such varied means of transportation as four-wheel-drive trucks, Pak-Jaks, and helicopter. It is this last transport that opened up the remote palm-lined canyons of central Baja to Gardner and his fellow-adventurers and led to a discovery of great archaeological and historical interest: Indian caves decorated with pictographs which may unlock the secret of the early origins of the Mexican people.
These paintings indicate that the tribal Indians who made them had arrived at a fairly advanced stage of civilization--and since there are no traces of such a race in this area now, it is possible that in one great migration these people left Baja for the mainland of Mexico sometime in its pre-recorded history. It is too early for the full importance of these finds to have been evaluated, but they may well provide a strong clue, or even hold the answer to one of the greatest unsolved archaeological mysteries of the North American continent.
The book is illustrated with one hundred and forty-seven black-and-white photographs and a frontispiece in full color depicting the cave drawings.« less