1 – An act of travelling from one place to another
1.1 – A long and often difficult process of personal change and development
” There is no water. The corn is dust. Coyote and rabbit have gone. We follow the hawk, heron and antelope. When you return, find us.”
The above Pictographs are representative of the thousands you can find, or not find, that were created during the Archaic Period, and then by the Yavapai, Apache and Sinagua Tribes that inhabited the Verde Valley. These are identified as Sinaqu in style and content, created between 650 AD and 1400 AD.
Created on rock panels the images are made with natural dyes from plants, minerals, and the human need for expression. Mystery and speculation surround their true meaning. Subject to individual interpretation they are commonly thought to depict through their connectivity lines the stories of the history of various clans, prayers and magic, boundaries, initiation rites, migrations and water locations. They differ from Petroglyphs which are carved into the rock.
The tribes abandoned this area around 1400. Dendrochronology indicates that there was a period of wildly fluctuating weather followed by a pervasive drought.
I have spent many hours with these images, both at carefully public preserved sites, and searching the ley-lines for the undiscovered. They reveal themselves slowly and ever changing in varying lights and seasons. Images come and go, often only revealed to me later by what the camera lens has captured. With my mind’s eye and heart I see them, and so their meaning to me changes, while the image does not.
As the Southwest U.S. currently becomes increasingly dry, and water increasingly precious, I wonder about those souls who returned home from a small journey, to find themselves left behind but not forgotten. The call to join their people, left written in the rock.
I invite you to join us for Camera Lucida. Just knock on the door below to see what others embrace as “Journey”
Today’s Music; Seals and Croft: We May Never Pass This Way Again
Peace and blessings to one and all.