Photographer's Note

I thought the windows here looked like eyes. This is another view of Hovenweep, the ancient Anasazi ruins found in southeastern Utah. The Anasazi are now largely felt to be the ancestors of the Hopi and other pueblo Indians who now live in Arizona.

I've been reading the heartbreaking book Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee which covers the "ethnic cleansing" that the U.S. did to the American Indian in the 19th century. These people had vanished long before the white man arrived on America's shores, however, probably due to many years of drought. Hovenweep, from the air, shows many roads and trails in all different directions. It was indeed a hub of activity. Many archeologists feel that it was a sacred place for many nations, hence its central location and elaborate buildings.

It was a fun and exciting place to be. I can actually say that it did have a "spiritual" feel to it, especially when I quieted my thoughts and meditated on the people that once lived here.

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Additional Photos by David Sidwell (dsidwell) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2294 W: 168 N: 1911] (9783)
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