Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Betwixt and Between

Here is one of the petroglyphs I saw at the hoodoos at Writing on Stone Provincial Park, which has the highest concentration of rock art anywhere in the plains of North America. I have loved this place since I first visited it as a girl and I have wanted to see it again for a long time, so on my recent road trip, I did. The area has been sacred to the Blackfoot people for thousands of years and they believe the spirit of their ancestors dwell among these sandstone rock formations. They would come to the hoodoos on spirit quests, going without water and food for days and drawing who they met in their visions. The dolls of Blackfoot girls did not have eyes so that a Spirit would not be captured in the doll.
Miracle Cat is complete, now and came along on my recent journey. A beast who walks between the worlds, with extra long ears for deep earth and wide sky listening, and a heart nose to track desires, as well as a quiver of question whiskers to keep questing.

I noticed the Blackfoot women park guides spun their stories long and curvy, entwining their cultural past and present with their personal lives like the winding, twisting route to navigate between the hoodoos.

I love that place; that place betwixt and between.


jude said...

nice to see your beast in its setting. this one really works. it moves.

Anonymous said...

Yes Yvonne, your cat is wonderful! Grown to the full potential it already had when just started.I like the rays of the sun swirling around. The chequered cloth and the dotted backing are just putting everything right!! Good!

Penny Berens said...

Love your cat beast, Yvonne. Am very jealous of your visit to the Hoodoos; very inspiring. I'm going to add you to my sidebar. Nice visiting.

Yvonne said...

Thankyou Jude, Els and Penny - I really appreciate your comments! Penny, you're on my blogroll, too and thanks for adding me.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Miracle Cat is everything your
words describe...what a really
perfect cloth. the flower is
equal and so all is balanced.
really really good, this cloth!

Yvonne said...

Thankyou, Grace! That flower is meant to be the sun and there's a moon off to the left, as well.