Tuesday, August 24, 2021

A Return to the Diamondback Terrapin


or Sebaquanash, "the man who weeps"

   Feeling well enough to do it for the first time in three years, I recently went back to a spot where a certain stone effigy resides on a “stone wall” on a little hill above a salt marsh on the CT shoreline. I dropped my bicycle on the ground off the pathway when I reached the first of the stones near “the site,” not only because I still haven’t fixed my kickstand yet but also so I can just step over the bike and then lift it to get back on instead of painfully throwing my leg over it, a simple little old man’s dance step to avoid the pain in his hip.

   I remember thinking that I may not of been here at just this time of day or I would have noticed how a perhaps snake head-like stone by the trailside seems to have two possible eyes, one closed and one open, a "thing" that happens to occur on some possibly modified stones "sometimes," in some vague unscientific sounding terms:

(Did somebody peck an "open eye" in this stone below long ago? I don't really know...)

    I also notice that many of the little paths into places I've been before are overgrown, mostly in Greenbriar and Poison Ivy. I can barely even see the stone above that I sometimes imagine as the resting place for the stone above - where it may have once been balanced, where it once may have rocked, a Drum Stone or a Signal Stone at the Hill:

I stopped at another spot where another of my little trails were also overgrown, another place where the modern trail disturbs the older one, where a row of stacked stones reaches out into the salt marsh:
Older Photos:

August 2021 photos and overlays:

      I do notice that someone has cleared some brush from along the hillside remnant of the disturbed qusuqaniyutôk: 
And I saw why:

 - but the older trail up to the top of the hill is so faint that I can't quite see it from a geocache site in the "stone wall." I pushed the bike through the underbrush and saw some deer scat - and then more and then more - and then there's evidence of browsing by deer, making the spot I was headed to incredibly brush free, as if those deer were doing an old man a favor...

It's an easy walk to this spot above, a new segment cleared by the deer, suggesting a course of stone laid out to resemble - or become - a snake:

And qusuqaniyutôkanuk, on the stone wall, is a Turtle Tobacco Offering Stone:

Opposite side, looking west:

Monday, July 05, 2021

Trail Maintenance with Stile/Style (Essex CT)

    I usually find myself shaking my head at "Trail Maintenance Photos" that breach "stone walls" and otherwise disturb probable Indigenous Ceremonial Stone Landscape features, but I'd like to give a CSL award to the Windswept Ridge Preserve of Essex, CT for this remarkable alternative to disturbing possibly quite ancient rows of stones or Qusuqaniyutôkanash...

(Original photo by Jason Greene:)

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Some images from Jim Wilson’s Zoom Presentation

"Learn what history, science and Native Americans have to say about ambiguous stoneworks found throughout the Northeast Woodlands—including here in the Lehigh Valley—and how public and private organizations are coming together to document, preserve and protect them..."