Monday, August 29, 2016

Madison Mastodon Maybe (CT)

(Fuzzy cropped and enlarged image stolen from Google Earth)

     I’ve pondered over two stones that I suspect to be stone representations of a mastodon:
  “What is it? I don't really know. I don't think it's a turtle, but could it be a bear?” I wrote back in 2009, thinking, “Stick some tusks on it and maybe it's an older creature from way, way back...”
I thought about it some more:

and some more again when I came across another, which back in the days when the mastodon roamed, would have been perched on a high spot on the same glacial lake – or the resulting floodplain after a geological event, reflected in local Indigenous Legends about the Sleeping Giant:
   Well, if one stone mastodon is an accident, then two stone mastodons could be a possible coincident. A third stone mastodon, briefly viewed from a moving vehicle, perhaps under closer examination, might be considered a stone mastodon conspiracy. I don’t have my own photos (yet), but Google Earth Street View allows me to recreate the unconfirmed sighting. I was peering out the windows from the back passenger side of the car, looking at the edges of the bulldozed home lots, some with new decorative stone work, here and there an old wall, often rebuilt or possibly sprayed with a defoliant, killing all the old moss and lichens as I suspect at the home of someone who is collecting wooden fences:
Two interesting triangular boulders - possibly part of the original row of stones:

 Yet one more triangular boulder still attached to a remnant of a “stone wall:”
Is there evidence of "sculpting" of these three boulders, yet more snake-like head stone boulders at the end of a row of mostly cobbles??  
   Eventually, in the distance I noted the exposed spine of a big bedrock out crop and many boulders, sprinkled with cobbles as well:

I can’t recapture the view I had of the seeming “face of a mastodon” but I immediately was reminded of the “eye” of the Woodbridge Mastodon, shown below:

  The best I could do is a not the head one view I wished for (blocked by a tree and the utility pole in the GE captures), so this distant view will have to do:

     A depressing view from the sky, the bedrock ridge in yellow, the suspected mastodon in red, surrounded by the modern developments of various kinds slowly erasing possibly related stone features probably of various kinds:
    This could be a possible Ceremonial Stone Landscape with a hint of Mastodon Hunting Magic made by the Ancestors back when the ice was melting...
   As they say, “Further Investigation is needed,” but then again this is on private land in Connecticut where Stone Features of what once was the Indigenous Garden at the Eastern Gate of Turtle Island, a form of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Ceremony, going back to the time of the Ice Giants and continuing up to Contact time, disappear everyday...

Friday, August 19, 2016

Hammonasset Line

I was looking at the Hammonasset Line Chapter 1: A Summer Solstice Sunset Line; A Field Report by Tom Paul (2001) New England Antiquities Research Association

     Rather than a line, I see Indigenous Stonework as more like a spider web, connecting yet separating the Sacred Landscape - a big New England sized rock garden...

Look at the oldest of maps, before the Indian Place Names were “ethnically erased:”

   Maybe “Where the basket trees are” in a Algonquin dialect becomes 'Black Ash Swamp'
Until it’s dammed and called Foster’s Pond

“Hill of the Stone Turtle” becomes Buell’s Hill
        And those Guarding Stone Serpents slowly disappear
And another bit of the Great Eastern Garden is forever gone...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Park Rd. by CT Trail (Watertown CT)

Obviously a turtle:
Also a Serpent:
(I've been taking note of a sometimes repeated pattern of a flat slab directly behind the head-like stone, as well as the two double smaller cobbles also sometimes found behind the snake-like head-like stone - and here's both!)
Maybe the turtle is also a single backward pointing single horn?
Where did I just see that??

Here it is:

Friday, August 12, 2016

What Stone Great Serpents We See

"What we see depends mainly on what we look for." -Sir John Lubbock
"What stone Great Serpents  we see depends mainly on what stone Great Serpents we look for." - me

Monday, August 08, 2016

A Closer Look etc. #3

After discussing some details of an upcoming program about Indigenous Stone Features at a local Nature Center, I captured an image of a gateway in a "stone fence" on the property, right behind the building where I at least think the PowerPoint presentation part of the program will take place:

The prevailing view of the diagnostics of assumed post contact stonework is that much of CT's "stone walls" are "dumped," "tossed" or otherwise "haphazardly" stacked, and considered messy "refuse piles of field clearing stones." Another point of view that recognizes the possibility that something else may have been going on, much longer ago than the 1600's...
    Sometimes you really don't need to go too far to observe elements of Native American Iconography. A proper scientific investigation could establish a date that the "wall" above was built but a careful and imaginative, open minded observer may be able to identify some patterns that are repeated in many places, such as Horned Serpents and other effigies, such as turtles, that were more likely to be created, maintained and used ceremonially by the Indigenous People of Turtle Island over a longer period of time than the last few hundred years...

Friday, August 05, 2016

Look a little closer at the Stone Wall 02

I just happened upon this photo (again), looking at images from the Hale Homestead:
Trying to find a larger image (to see if I could observe any "Serpent Stacking" and/or stones placed just so that suggest possible Native American Iconography), I found this:
So, look a little closer at that stone wall (or Serpent Petroform):

Deja vu?
Back to the Hale Homestead:
If you aren't going to look for some Serpents Guarding a Gateway, you won't find any.
If you are looking for them however, you just might find one or two (or more), looking right at you as you enter that gateway, heads tilted at that angle that is sometimes often repeated in other places...
Maybe a turtle or a rhomboidal stone as well...

Look a little closer at the Stone Wall

Over by the barn where the stone wall ends (or, perhaps more properly, begins) with a boulder:
Leaving aside the assumption that almost every stone wall-like construction is most likely a post-contact creation, I'll point out that the shape of that boulder could suggest a snake-like head, the stones stretching off to the west of it could suggest a body of a snake - and I'll venture a guess that there's even some space between some stones to add the antlers might suggest a Great Serpent...
The Other Side View:
Beginning an overlay...
...I look at the stones fallen...
...and I wonder:
And wonder some more:
  “The Rain Maker. Once upon a time on the shores of the Big Water Where Daylight Appears, certain heroes cap­tured the great horned serpent that lives in the depths of the sea and, while they held him captive, scraped some of the scales from his back and placed them in a little pouch woven from Indian hemp, with symbolical designs representing the lightning (Fig. 33). There is enmity between the Thunders and the great horned serpent who cannot show his head above the waters without provoking the wrath of the Thunders who immediately gather to attack him with their bolts of lightning. Therefore, when the scales taken from the back of the serpent, were exposed on a rock, beside the sea, or on the shore of a lake or stream, thunder clouds would immediately gather and the cornfields would presently be refreshed by rain. The owner of the charm must re­move it before the first rain drops fell or he was in danger of being struck by lightning...”

Fig.33-Old Medicine Pouch of Woven Indian hemp containing flakes of mica, said to be scales of horned water serpent and used for rain making. – Heye Collection