Sunday, December 9, 2007

Frozen Ground

Well, I was thinking about the Deer I followed about today and flipped to Discovery Channel and Planet Earth...a Deer Buck fight...and then the Amora? Leopard...brb...

Here's the WWF adoption site for the Amur Leopard...somehow this reminds me of the adopt African kids sites and informercials!!

Lots of sites...lots of endangered critters...

The ground hereabouts has frozen by the Creek...I never gave it much thought...but it's there must be moisture throughout for this to happen....

Now some fellows are riding about in a propellar driven hot air balloon...could use some lessons from Santos Dumont!!

And I got to thinking how the Indians buried their dead up on platforms...and of course why that cant be done now!......brb...snagged photo by Edward S. Curtis....from this site which had good pics!!
Oh, they have a blog, an old picture of the day, blog...
Pandas on Animal Planet....
"I have never turned the pages of a Swedish furniture catalog..."..from a tractor commercial...sheesh...dirty fingernails are the things to have??
I imagine frozen ground not only prevented winter burial...but of course farming and plowing the ground.
googled: edward curtis yosemite...and found his Miwok work...and this quote
Mortuary Customs—The dead were cremated. Members of the opposite social division prepared the body, placed it on the pyre with a basket beneath the head and another over the face, and applied the fire. The populace stood about wailing, while relatives and friends cast into the flames various possessions and all the personal property of the deceased individual. The ashes and fragments of bone were collected in a basket and buried. The men in charge purified themselves and the people by formally washing with a mixture of water and the crushed leaves and twigs of wormwood, the social moieties acting reciprocally. Relatives of both sexes singed the hair, and old women smeared the face with charred laurel-berries. For a period varying from a few months to several years a widow remained in seclusion. Names of the dead were taboo for several years. In the summer or fall a mourning ceremony was held in memory of those who had died during the preceding year or two. On three or four successive nights the people assembled in a large booth and wailed until about midnight; and at the end of the last night a very large pyre was ignited and property was burned.
end quote's a neat site of things hereabouts!!
I'll have to copy some of this over to Fauna and Flora...
This is snagged from Galen Clark book on the Indians...
Late in the summer, or early in the fall, just before holding some of their grand social or sacred festivals, the Indian hunters would make preparation for a big hunt in the mountains, to get a good supply of venison for the feast. One of the first absolute prerequisites was to go through a thorough course of sweating and personal cleansing. This was done by resorting to their sweat houses, which were similar in construction to the o'-chums, except that the top was rounded and the whole structure was covered thickly with mud and earth to exclude the air. These houses were heated with hot stones and coals of fire, and the hunters would then crawl into them and remain until in a profuse perspiration, when they would come out and plunge into cold water for a wash-off. This was repeated until they thought themselves sufficiently free from all bodily odor so that the deer could not detect their approach by scent, and flee for safety.
p. 36
end quote
I have to get this book!
And I'm making too big a post...more for another day I'll find...
Tree in the Door


Jay River said...

If you like the works of ES Curtis you might check out,The Indian Picture Opera, Amazon(dvd).

Its a re-creation of a 1911 Curtis lecture and slide show. You might learn more about those photos.

His work reverberates on through history because he knew how to capture character and soul on camera.

Curtis has turned into a subject of controversy because of the tug of war between documentary and art. Many people try to hold him accountable for 50 years before, and 100 years after his images were taken.

The images speak for themselves.

DavidDavid said...

Thanks Jay...a good addition to the post!