Taos, New Mexico photographer Howard Rainier's work reminds us that the cross has long been an important object of symbolism for faith and belief in many cultures.
Rainier's sepia-tinted photographs include various aspects of life for Native Americans in New Mexico and other Southwestern states. While Rainier's photos capture some images of tribal traditions, he also trains his camera on routine events of everyday life and the architectural splendour of the Taos Pueblo and other American Indian dwellings.
Photos courtesy of Blue Rain Gallery, Taos, New Mexico. The top photo is part of my collection of Southwest art.