Carol Hayman

The images are made in the desert country around the Devil’s River, Val Verde county in west Texas. Nowadays not many people live there, but in the past Paleoindians made it their home, living in rock shelters or on the flat tops of bluffs.  Their shadows still haunt the landscape, making their stories vivid. Bird Woman descended to earth by falling through a hole in the sky. Waterbirds carried her down to the sea and set her on the back of a turtle, which became her home, with Turtle Woman, on Turtle Island.  Earth Mother filled the earth with egg stones, watered by springs, that became humans, animals, and plants, which humans have the duty to nurture and maintain.  The landscape ignites the imaginations of modern campers as they contemplate the stars, rock formations shaped by forces of water, and thorny desert plants. The mythological world is part of being human.  The desert landscape evokes the shadows and stories of the earliest people to live there.

 

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