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August 31 2013

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Rock Eagle Effigy Mound, an archaeological site located in Putnam County, Georgia, USA. It is estimated to have been constructed 1,000-3,000 years ago.

A local sign near the site reads:

A stone mound believed to have been constructed by pre-historic Indians before Columbus discovered America. The mound is composed of a bird in flight with its head turned toward the east and wings outspread. It measures 102 feet from head to tail and 120 feet from wingtip to wingtip, while the body rises to about 10 feet above the surrounding surface. The mound is though to have been built for burial purposes.

Photo courtesy & taken by Sara Kahley, via UGA College of Ag.

April 22 2013


February 13 2013

No tribe has the right to sell, even to each other, much less to strangers … Sell a country! Why not sell the air, the great sea, as well as the earth? Didn’t the Great Spirit make them all for the use of his children?
— Tecumseh - Shawnee

December 21 2012

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A Haida Myth
By Bill Reid and Robert Bringhurst

“Before there was anything, before the great flood had covered the earth and receded, before the animals walked the earth or the trees covered the land or the birds flew between the trees, even before the fish and the whales and seals swarm in the sea, an old man lived in a house on the bank of a river with his only child, a daughter. Whether she was as beautiful as hemlock fronds against the spring sky at sunrise or as ugly as a sea slug doesn’t really matter very much to this story, which takes place mainly in the dark.

Because at that time the world was dark. Inky, pitchy, all consuming dark, blacker than a thousand stormy winter midnights, blacker than anything anywhere has been since.

The reason for all this blackness has to do with the old man in the house by the river, who had a box which contained a box which contained a box which contained an infinite number of boxes which nestled in a box slightly larger than itself until finally there was a box so small all it could contain was all the light in the universe.

The Raven, who of course existed at that time, because he had always existed and always would, was somewhat less than satisfied with this state of affairs, since it led to an awful lot of blundering around and bumping into things. It slowed him down a good deal in his pursuit of food and other fleshly pleasures, and in his constant effort to interfere and to change things.

Eventually, his bumbling around in the dark took him close to the home of the old man. He first heard a little singsong voice muttering away. When he followed the voice, he soon came to the wall of the house, and there, placing his ear against the planking, he could just make out the words, “I have a box and inside the box is another box and inside it are many more boxes, and in the smallest box of all is all the light in the world, and it is all mine and I’ll never give any of it to anyone, not even to my daughter, because, who knows, she may be as homely as a sea slug, and neither she nor I would like to know that.”

It took only an instant for the Raven to decide to steal the light for himself, but it took a lot longer for him to invent a way to do so. …

(via A Mountain Hearth: Raven Steals the Light)

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Raven Steals the Sun (Artist Proof)
Richard Shorty
Southern Tushony Nation

Serigraph, Artist Proof Edition of 25

(via Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery - Richard Shorty)

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Raven Steals the Sun
by ~Xaadaas ©2010-2012
Traditional Art / Paintings / Miscellaneous

A set of three paintings I did in Boulder, Colorado.
The shows the Raven (yaahl) stealing the sun.

(via Raven Steals the Sun by ~Xaadaas on deviantART)

November 29 2012


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Statue of Xochipilli, the Aztec “Prince of Flowers,” unearthed in Tlalmanalco on the slopes of the volcano Popocatepetl and now on display in the Museo Nacional in Mexico City.

Labels indicate probable botanical interpretations of stylized glyphs.

(via Hallucinogenic Plants)

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