Hand prints, a clue to our ancient human ancestor's culture past, imprinted on the rock close to a cliff dwelling in former Bears Ears National Monument.
Along the walls of the dwellings you can actually see the dried hand smears from where the mud was spread. And yeah, you can fit your hand inside them.
Something about a hand print like this one, or on a thousand year old wall, that reserects a spiritual sense of connection to the people who once lived here. It's their art, their way of leaving behind a piece of themselves, their story and legacy. I like to imagine them as they placed their hands on the rock here. What were they feeling? Could they have possibly imagined what life would be like for future generations of people who came across? Did they know what kind of significance these hand prints would have on people like myself? Maybe they did.
I'd like to think that taking these photos, using my own art to tell a story about the place they used to call home, will somehow pass their legacies on. Alas, therein lies my own connection to the men and women who left their hand prints on this sandstone wall in Southeastern Utah, some thousands of years ago.
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