Canyons of the Ancients, Colorado

Colorado. Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Lowry Pueblo Ruins National Historic Landmark, built by the Anasazi, circa 1050–1150 AD

Colorado. Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Lowry Pueblo Ruins National Historic Landmark, built by the Anasazi, circa 1050-€“1150 AD

Winter morning driving the back roads of Colorado. The storm was clearing and I decided to snowshoe into Canyons of the Ancients, to see the Lowry Pueblo Ruins,  an Indian ruin that I had not visited before. As the sun started coming out it illuminated the fresh snow and ruins. The ancient ruins contrasted with the fresh snow.

“Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.”  Ancient Indian Proverb

Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves. Black Elk Oglala Sioux Holy Man

 

All things in the world are two. In our minds we are two, good and evil. With our eyes we see two things, things that are fair and things that are ugly…. We have the right hand that strikes and makes for evil, and we have the left hand full of kindness, near the heart. One foot may lead us to an evil way, the other foot may lead us to a good. So are all things two, all two.  Eagle Chief (Letakos-Lesa) Pawnee

“If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian, he can live in peace…..Treat all men alike. Give them all the same law. Give them all an even chance to live and grow. All men were made by the same Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers. The Earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it…….Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade….where I choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to think and talk and act for myself, and I will obey every law, or submit to the penalty.”  Chief Joseph, Nez Perces’

 

 

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