Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Just had to say it...

I can't believe he says, "I haven't dug into it" - and then dislodges several stones including a half white/half dark obvious Manitou Stone - that I think he tosses from hand to hand toward the end of the video, while blathering on about Mysterious Unknown Civilizations...








The Influence of Sacred Rock Cairns

and Prayer Seats on Modern Klamath and Modoc Religion and World View – Patrick Haynal (2000)
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“TRADITIONALLY, ethnographers have been brief in their discussions of the ritual importance of rock cairns to the Klamath/Modoc (e.g., Gatschet 1890; Spier 1930; Ray 1963; Stern 1966), and prayer seats receive no direct mention at all. This article focuses on determining the importance of these two categories of sacred sites to the practice of modern Klamath and Modoc (hereafter Klamath/Modoc) religion and the shaping of their contemporary world view.' To accomplish this, interviews were conducted with several Klamath/Modoc individuals selected from a list approved by the Klamath tribes. Rock cairns and prayer seats and their relationship to various rituals and practices, such as the power/vision quest and funerary rites, are integral features of the Klamath/Modoc sacred cultural landscape...
...For the purposes of this article, rock cairns are defined as any stacked rock feature…Cairns come in two general physical forms: the stacked rock column, constructed by placing one rock directly atop another in sequence to varying heights; and the conical cairn that has a variable number of rocks forming the base and there after built up with additional rocks until a conical (or mound like) shape is achieved. Occasionally linear “s” shaped or “wall-like” rock features were constructed as well…

...Virtually every unique rock feature, mountain, cave, body of water, meadow, or any other distinct location within the land had a spirit and everything with a spirit had power. The animals of the land had power as well. From the Klamath perspective, all the cosmos, both animate and inanimate, was alive and everything alive had both spirit and power...
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...Loubser and Whitley (1999) interpreted rock art from eight sites in the Lava Beds National Monument as having several religious connections, including vision questing (by both shamans and nonshamans), mythic associations, hunting magic and other ritual specializations, and mortuary associations. They reached their conclusions by careful application of the ethnographic record and recently obtained data on the manner in which the brain processes and recalls visions received during a hallucinatory state (Loubser and Whitley 1999; also see Whitley 1998). If rock art is associated with the power quest, what is the spatial association between rock art and cairns?
...Even a single rock had power. A rock from Mt. Shasta carried a portion of the great power of the mountain itself (Spier 1930; Ray 1963)…Interviewee 3, a young Klamath man in his twenties, explained that [a] rock cairn is basically the same thing as a church, people go there to pray, men go there for puberty to put on vision quests, it's just a very spiritual place...

Interviewee 4 made a similar comment about rock cairns, stating: To me those cairns are no different than a church. We know how our people would go on a vision quest or power quest and be up all night long building the cairn as a method of prayer.”

Interviewee 6 also described the cairns as sacred altars: “When our people went out to seek God…seeking the truth, seeking power, seeking direction, seeking guidance . . . whenever they went there and received an answer or confirmation or received a power . . . they built an altar saying "this is where the Creator spoke to me" and this is now sacred.”
In noting the power of cairns, Interviewee 6 added that [t]he thing about cairns is, if you knock them over or if people destroy them with malicious intent . . . somehow the spirit of the place or of this person who put it there could come back on you…”
With that statement, Interviewee 6 voiced a commonly  held  cultural  belief  that disturbing  a  rock  cairn, either inadvertently or deliberately, can result in serious supernatural consequences.  Interviewee 3 told the following  story about the power of cairns: We were  going up to locate a site,  it  was a vision  quest,  and  a tree  had  fallen  down  on  top of this  rock.   The  rock  was probably  10 inches tall and weighed about 7 or 8 pounds. A tree fell down on the rock  and the rock didn't move.  It was just sitting on another rock, it didn't budge it.  They're  definitely powerful, there's definitely some kind of spirit there, I believe..."
With that statement. Interviewee 6 voiced a com-monly held cultural belief that disturbing a rock cairn, either inadvertently or deliberately, can re-sult in serious supernatural consequences. Inter-viewee 3 told the following story about the power of cairns: We were going up to locate a site, it was a vi-sion quest, and a tree had fallen down on top of this rock. The rock was probably 10 inches tall and weighed about 7 or 8 pounds. A tree fell down on the rock and the rock didn't move. It was just sitting on another rock, it didn't budge it. They're definitely powerful, there's definitely some kind of spirit there, I believe.
With that statement. Interviewee 6 voiced a com-monly held cultural belief that disturbing a rock cairn, either inadvertently or deliberately, can re-sult in serious supernatural consequences. Inter-viewee 3 told the following story about the power of cairns: We were going up to locate a site, it was a vi-sion quest, and a tree had fallen down on top of this rock. The rock was probably 10 inches tall and weighed about 7 or 8 pounds. A tree fell down on the rock and the rock didn't move. It was just sitting on another rock, it didn't budge it. They're definitely powerful, there's definitely some kind of spirit there, I believe.
(Some of this was condensed from a previous post: https://wakinguponturtleisland.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-influence-of-sacred-rock-cairns.html )

Monday, September 30, 2019

Indigenous Iconography; conventionalized face which appears from time to time on Clasons Point rims


“Clasons Point Stamped: Neither the Owasco nor the Iroquois used shells to decorate their wares. This is a local innovation, inspired perhaps by the Sebonac or Niantic peoples to the east who did so habitually. The designs, however, resemble those of the two northern cultures. As defined by Smith (1950, p. 191), the technique used was stamping with a scallop shell as in Pl. 1, Fig. 8. In Fig. 9, (Pl. 1) we have a Clasons Point Stamped variant involving stamping with a hard clam shell. At first glance, the lines on the sherd look incised. However, on close inspection, a series of closely spaced dots are discernible on one side of each "incised" channel corresponding to the underside milled edge of a hard clam shell. Only one other such sherd is known from this area. It came from the Pelham Boulder site, Bronx County, and also creates the illusion of incised lines. A specimen of special interest is shown on Pl. 2, Figs, 2, 3. The collar is rather unusual, n as much as it defined by a grooving technique on the body below. This is uncommon for Clasons Point ceramics.
No special significance is attached to these irregularities, as they may denote nothing more than an individualistic trait. The non-conformities are outweighed by the conformities, including the conventionalized face, which appears from time to time on Clasons Point rims…”
                        https://nysarchaeology.org/download/nysaa/bulletin/number_055.pdf

  I might add that the conventionalized face shown above is, very simply, composed of two round eyes and a round mouth that could be perhaps viewed as an open mouth, perhaps speaking, perhaps even singing, as illustrated below:


  Indigenous Stone Constructions often feature stones placed so that the marks, natural or humanly enhanced, creating a suggestion of eyes, the stone becoming intentionally "effigy-like." 
Variations in Eyes:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/34580529@N04/albums/72157657426646103
Open Mouth (Singing/Yelling?) variations:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/34580529@N04/albums/72157659393856791/with/48600528806/
Variations in Faces in Stone:
     https://www.flickr.com/photos/34580529@N04/albums/72157651573612466

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Sign at the Stone Sea Wall (Bridgetown, Barbados)


"Slave Walls" on St. Martin, constructed by slave labor, about the time of the Puritan/Pequot war.
("During this time and throughout the war, many captured Pequot men were killed, while women and children were given to colonists as spoils of war, placed in captivity under other tribes who had pledged their allegiance to the English, or transferred to the Massachusetts Bay Colony, sold into slavery, and shipped to the Caribbean islands and other British outposts." https://connecticuthistory.org/slavery-and-the-pequot-war/)

“Why shall wee have peace to bee made slaves”: Indian Surrenderers During and After King Philip’s War

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

More Somewhere CT

Debris removed, washed by the rain, I'm a little surprised to find
A white quartz eye on the flat topped boulder, reminding me of
An Eastern Timber Rattlesnake - and a suggestion of stone steps...

Reminding me of those short segments of stone, close to perpendicular to longer rows of stones,
and sometimes with a boulder that just might be a snake head,
and sometimes with a stone placed on top of that,
as if it were the "bright blazing crest like a diamond" of the Uktena:

"Those who know say the Uktena is a great snake, as large around as a tree trunk, with horns on its head, and a bright blazing crest like a diamond on its forehead, and scales glowing like sparks of fire. It has rings or spots of color along its whole length, and cannot be wounded except by shooting in the seventh spot from the head, because under this spot are its heart and its life. The blazing diamond is called Ulun'suti—"Transparent"—and he who can win it may become the greatest wonder worker of the tribe. But it is worth a man's life to attempt it, for whoever is seen by the Uktena is so dazed by the bright light that he runs toward the snake instead of trying to escape..."  - James Mooney ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horned_Serpent


 




The "Jewel" is also a truly balanced stone and can be set in motion: