Original Peoples

Yesterday was Columbus Day, a Federal holiday honoring the accomplishments of Christopher Columbus, his crew in bringing Europeans to the Americas. While as school students we learned that Columbus discovered America, we know now that he didn’t but we honor him all the same. Many states and locales are recognizing indigenous people day, recognizing early man and native Americans existence here long before white man came.

This photo is of an early hieroglyph in the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. These original peoples left their mark on the red rock, telling a story of their lives in drawings. In some ways, the scene resembles those decals you see on SUV’s rear windows, and probably tells a similar story. There is a Mom and Dad, three little ones, an older sibling with a stick, demonstrating their lineage. It is an original family tree.

Thank you to the indigenous people and the contributions you have made.


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