Thursday, September 10, 2020
Trump vs the National Historic Preservation Act (4 years or so ago):
"You might wonder what a lowly archaeologist might have to do with the likes of one of the current Republican Party frontrunners. Several years ago, one of my coworkers had the dubious honor of performing an archaeological survey on some of Trump’s land.
In many places, in accordance with various laws and statutes an archaeological and environmental survey has to be performed before land can be developed - this is to protect historical and cultural resources, endangered species, and water and air quality. To a lot of people (Trump included) it seems like a big waste of time, but this is how many thousands of people earn a living (myself included).
Thursday, September 03, 2020
It took me a while to figure out just what someone meant when she said, “(It’s) A Turtle. Not a snake or a rockalope. ”
See: I often enhance photos of Indigenous Stone Effigies with an ”overlay” of eyes and horns or antlers to “bring the image alive,” as Doc. Rock Lobster puts it or “to hit you over the head with the fact that you are looking at a Ceremonial Stone Landscape feature such as Turtle or Snake Effigy,” as I once put it to Doug Harris. I was worried that I might be disrespectful doing so, when my intent was to illustrate a form of Rock Art in hopes that these features can be recognized, studied and protected, as is done in Civilized countries around the world. I was relieved when Doug told me he didn’t view the practice as disrespectful, so I continue to “hit people over the head” with these images of Turtles and Great Horned Snakes (or Serpents), the latter often with antelope or more often deer horns superimposed on photos – like a two dimensional taxidermist creating a “Jackalope,” but only sort of…
Wikipedia tells us: “The jackalope is a mythical animal of North American folklore (a fearsome critter) described as a jackrabbit with antelope horns. The word jackalope is a portmanteau of jackrabbit and antelope. Many jackalope taxidermy mounts, including the original, are made with deer antlers…Folklorists see the jackalope as one of a group of fabled creatures common to American culture since Colonial days. These appear in tall tales about hodags, giant turtles, Bigfoot, and many other mysterious beasts and in novels like Moby-Dick. The tales lend themselves to comic hoaxing by entrepreneurs who seek attention for their products, their persons, or their towns.
The same source tells us that “The Horned Serpent appears in the mythologies of many Native Americans. Details vary among tribes, with many of the stories associating the mystical figure with water, rain, lightning and thunder. ..Horned serpents appear in the oral history of numerous Native American cultures, especially in the Southeastern Woodlands and Great Lakes.
I’m showing you a mythical being, but I’m not trying to fool you about these seeming Rockalopes.