On the other side

And at last, dear readers, we have reached the end – the other side – of this magnificent bit of prehistoric artwork.  You’ve now seen the start, the middle, and now – I present you with, the end; and perhaps a little perspective on a tiny piece of our shared history in Big Bend country.  Places like this cave are perfect examples of how this place will get inside you and become a part of your own story.

 

The end

 

Thinking some more about this cave, the conundrum continues.  In nearly every American Indian site throughout the region, there is (or was, once) water nearby. For example, both the Cueva Large and Cueva Amarillas are within a stone’s throw of a water source.   This cave, as far as I can tell, is a loooooong walk to water.   It makes me wonder just what the purpose of this cave was.   There’s not any trees nearby – again, unlike the other two sites I mentioned above.   Perhaps the cave was a way station?  Maybe a hunting site?  Perhaps even a defensive location – you can literally see for miles and miles from this spot – and on one end of the spectrum, you can see all the way down across the Rio Grande into Mexico.

But all of those concepts are based upon my modern predilections and bias – and there’s no telling just what the original intent of the cave was.

Regardless, the cave is a fantastic place to think and wonder at all the mysteries that Big Bend country leave you with on every visit.

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~ by Derrick Birdsall on March 25, 2011.

8 Responses to “On the other side”

  1. I guess every great mystery must come to an end at some point…
    thanks for sharing these, Mr. B (very interesting stuff)!

  2. Do you know how old the drawings are? They may not be any indications of a nearby water source now, but perhaps a long time ago there was.

  3. Wonderful series, Derrick. I think your conjectures are all possible. I guess you would need archeologists to dig around and sort out the possibilities.

    Sharon

    • Thanks – it’s all guesses, but to my 21st century way of thinking it makes sense….. It’d be nice if someone found some sort of babelfish to decode it for us.

  4. This was a wonderful series. Thank you for taking us along on your adventure. 🙂

  5. Great images. Thanks for sharing the experience. Out here (Bishop,Ca.) we’ve got more petroglyphs than pictographs. So these have been a treat. I am working on a portfolio of the local petroglyphs and hope to have it online in the near future.

    Best Regards,
    Greg…..

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