Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Two Horned Man Petroglyph


This petroglyph can be found in the Court of Ceremonies at the Fremont Indian State Park. Some people believe that these "horned" glyphs are depictions of ancient aliens, but I believe they are of Native Americans in ceremonial headdress. It is easy for me to see an ancient Indian wearing a buffalo headdress for the Sun Dance or other formal occasion. Did this artist draw himself celebrating the triumphant return from a buffalo hunt?

Monday, January 24, 2011

Cave Petroglyph


Under the rock of Tobatz at Parowan Gap there is a cave. V. Garth Norman has tied this glyph, which is in the cave, to the Venus-sun-moon relationship. The shaman that chiseled this petroglyph most likely lived in the cave. In addition, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid took refuge there to hide from the law...but they failed to leave their mark in the sandstone.

In KOICTO the shaman, Cheveyo, lives in this very cave.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Summer Solstice at the Gap

This is a picture of sunset at Parowan Gap on summer solstice. Native Americans used the movement of the sun through the Gap as a calendar, and their petroglyphs depict this in great detail. The remains of the summer solstice carin line up perfectly with the setting sun on the solstice.

In my novel, KOICTO, many powwows and tribal meetings take place around this sacred carin.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Tobatz

This rock formation is called Tobatz. Tobatz is the Paiute sun god. He swallows the sun on the first day of winter and the sun reappears through the Parowan Gap on the first day of summer. You can see the dark shadow that forms his eye, and the opening in the rock which is his mouth.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

More Petroglyphs


The lower right petroglyph in this picture is thought to be an ancient Native American depiction of pregnancy. The half-circle resembles a pregnant belly and there are 36 marks, indicating the 36 weeks of the gestational cycle. There are 8 marks above and 8 marks below the belly, which total 52 weeks reflecting the entire year. It is thought that the Fremont believed that the mothers and babies had the best chance of survival if they conceived 8 weeks after the summer solstice. Babies would then be born in mid spring, and would be strong enough to survive the following winter.

On the upper left, the fan has 29 lines that symbolize a lunation (a "moon"). The wedge below records four three month quarters, or a year, and below that there are five-and-a-half wavy lines with 16 points, and this is thought to symbolize a full moon.

The culture of the ancestors of North America reflects a far greater understanding of our world than modern man has given them credit for.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Petroglyph of the Sun


This is a petroglyph of the sun showing the vernal equinox, the summer solstice and the autumnal equinox. Looking above the symbols to the left, there is a man wearing a headdress of two horns. This could be a depiction of the shaman that made the sun's pegroglyph. This ancient art can be observed in Parowan Gap, Utah and is free to the public. It is estimated that this set of petroglyphs is approximately 1000 years old and were inscribed by the ancient Fremont Indians.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Improving Your Novel

I definitely recommend using Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook by Donald Maass. I have used his techniques, and suggest going through the workbook several times, each time making your work better with more depth. This book is definitely worth the small investment.