We went for a quick two day trip to the Dinosaur National Monument with @lethalaleatha and family. It was great, and tiring, and all I got were pictures from the first day (my phone died). Here are some of the landscape shots that I took from the evening hike we did to look at the petroglyphs from the Fremont Indians. I will post more pictures with my people and the actual petroglyphs tomorrow, but I just wanted to show some of the amazing evening views and light as the sun set. I love this world and it’s beauty! And I love hikes in the evening shade that are super short! #fremontindians#dinosaurnationalmonument#utah#thisistheplace
Fremont Country as some say. Not until I had messed with the photos did I realize the first figure was a sun attached to a body. Rock shelters, desert sand and gulches made life for the Utah coined term Fremont Indians. While most dating puts this culture existing with the broadly named Anasazi both seem to have vanished - for whatever reasons. Oil land leasing and purchasing has began for this area, some areas are in direct contact while others appear safe. Whether big oil finds what they want or not, it still creates access roads to these sites making them more vulnerable to exposure to vandalism and looting not to mention the disturbing of the areas. #fremontindians#fremontculture#rockart#utahrockart#pictographs#petroglyphs#utahpetroglyphs#utahpictographs#desertcultures#respectandprotect#leaveonlyfootprints#Utah
On our 1200 mile driving adventure around the western Colorado Plateau we saw natural landscapes and geologic formations of astounding beauty. It is no wonder that artists and painters have flocked to this region in modern times. Yet humans have been leaving images and making marks on this southwestern landscape for thousands of years. Most of the visible petroglyphs and archeological ruins found in hundreds of sites were produced after the introduction of maize and the bow and arrow around 2000 years ago. This image showing the so-called “Newspaper Rock” petroglyph panel about 50 miles south of Moab, remains one of my favorite experiences on our trip. The 200 sq ft wall depicts hundreds of plants, birds, animals, designs and humanoid figures left by travelers and hunters over 2000 years. I have enjoyed reading the debates among archeologists, ethnographers and art historians regarding the interpretation of these precious images. They are debates that, thankfully, will never find conclusions. I have also enjoyed standing in front of many fine canvases executed by famed artists in posh museum settings. Yet these wonderful rock carvings were hardly created for the same expressive purposes or intentions that we reflexively associate with “art” or the social role of “artist”. These are fascinating windows into a very distant world that also point to the limits of our modern imaginations. Hidden in a canyon 12 miles off a remote southern Utah highway, this beautiful gallery is a gem that I will hold onto forever. #petroglyphs#rockart#southwest#newspaperrock#nativeamerican#fourcorners#utah#artofinstagram#arthistory#art#artist#fremontindians#pueblo#anasazi#outwest#nativeamericans#thegreatcircle#westernadventure
So many times I passed this park on I 70 en route to California, and never stopped, because I was at someone else’s mercy. I was enticed by the cliffs of welded tuff much like those in my hometown/ at Bandelier National Monument. I didn’t know there was sooooo much rock art back here! Petroglyphs and pictographs galore, with gorgeous snow capped peaks in the background. All among my favorite rock type. Can you spot the petroglyphs in the first picture?
This Fremont woman used to haunt my nightmares. I don't know why; maybe it was the eerie low-quality audio recording of an actress describing the woman's possible life experience, or maybe it was the chilling cry from the dust of a specific individual from a thousand years ago, incongruously from a world that seemed so foreign, but was only a couple of hours drive away. The audio recording gives her a name, but I can't be sure what that is or how it would be spelled, but in any case, her name in life is no longer known. Her remains were discovered during 1987 construction in Salina, UT, and after they were studied and a forensic reconstruction was created, they were reburied. Coincidentally, she was found in an area where Mormon leader Brigham Young said a Book of Mormon cult had been located, but that's weird, and wasn't actually from there. She was from Five Finger Ridge in modern-day Sevier County. The Fremont People, who inhabited the south-central region of Utah and surrounding areas from approximately 300 A.D. to 1300, were named for the Fremont River of the area, which in turn was named for American explorer John Fremont. #americanindianheritagemonth
In high school I wore number 77 and when my son started playing football he wanted to wear the same number. He came home from practice the day they gave out the numbers and said that his friend got 77 before he could get it. He seemed bummed. I looked at his jersey and seen that he got 78. I told him “Son, I like 78 on you. That’s one greater than 77. Now you gotta be better than me.” He smiled. In this picture I was 17 years old, 6’1” and 320lbs. My son is 15 yrs old, 6’2” and 245lbs. He is already greater than I was and by the time he’s 17 I hope he will be a million times greater than I was. This is my reason for everything and I got to do everything I can to help him be a billion times greater than me. #proudDad#goodmenraisegoodsons#78isGreaterThan77#FremontIndians#wilcoxfootball#nikobloodline
The Ancient flutes send shivers along Miss Moenkopi's sandy spine as The Chinle presses himself down against her deep red flesh. Together they are crowned in The Navajo Sandstone and blazing from the suns final yawn.
My heart was tucked up between these layers of sandstone many years ago... or better yet, perhaps my heart was conceived between them. Either way I hope someday my gnawed & chard corn on the cob will make some other shabby lookin kids feel like Indiana Jones findin some precious relic. Just like them Fremont left-behinds make me and my fam feel real cool. #MoenkopiLayer#ChinleLayer#NavajoSandstone#FremontIndians#RodentJawBone#Pottery#Awl#Arrowhead#ChardBone#Corn#Pictographs