Thursday, October 18, 2012
"They were on or near the trails of Caribou, Muskoxen, and Woolly Mammoths as they migrated back and forth with seasons of the calves. Their hunters moved with the wind and crossing the weather as it drove the herds to their advantage. Dangerous and always alert to the many changes in weather, herd dispositions and with a constant attention to predators also crossing the tracks of their fresh spoor. Caches of stone spears and blades were left on the surface of the ground, on the ridges, overlooking the valleys. These groups living 20,000 years in their world of ice, maintain vigil with the hunt and always listening for any disturbances in the distance. Old hunters leaned on their spears and with younger boys searched constantly in all directions of the camp. Giant bears followed the scent of the hunt, with lions and tiger cats, all making their way towards the herds, cris-crossing the camp boundaries in the chase. These were dangerous times and everyone stayed close to camp for protection."
"Ice Age tundra, ancient and perpetually frozen, harbors the remains of ancient Woolly Mammoth and a host of the many others that inhabited the Pleistocene. Drifting these rivers in the high Arctic, with it's clear waters and vast country that no person could traverse within their lifetime. This region offers the 'Most Significant Sculpture Medium in the World.' This region invented quiet, and peace, sings in the winds like trumpeting Mammoths in the great distance. Trails along the rivers are gone but are just under the frozen ice covering ancient sod that once Mammoths fed, and Mastodons as they migrated in and out from the northern glacier chill. I remember in the ancient times, and I relive them again each time I am in this place, I still call home."
Friday, September 28, 2012
"Imagine you are fishing in the North Slope region of Alaska, or almost anywhere Alaska, and doing well with a few Grayling, Arctic Char, and Northern Pike, always nice fishing there. Then rounding a bend in the little river in 'anywhere' Alaska, there is this beautiful 'organic' 'Ice Age' Woolly Mammoth tusk lying in shallow water. Now, being that the federal government prohibits the acquisition of this tusk from it's place in the river, all that anyone can do is to look at it, take a photo and walk on by, leaving it to become destroyed by the winter freeze and the subsequent spring break-up when huge amounts of water and ice crushes anything in it's path on it's way downstream. The loss of logic in this disturbs me, disturbs anyone with a sense of reason for the preservation of such treasure. The scientific community does not want it, nor does the federal government as there are already such an abundance in every museum and scientific storage facilities throughout the world. So then, this tusk, as with 'thousands' exposed every summer in the many rivers of Alaska, are destroyed, lost to anyone, for nobody is allowed to possess them. (Only on private property or leased lands have rights to these when discovered, all other locations, which is the majority of the entire state of Alaska, is a lost resource)."
"Woolly Mammoth Tusks, bones and non-diagnostic, as well as diagnostic, 'Ice Age' Pleistocene fossils and artifacts are in such abundance in Alaska as not to ever become depleted. Mankind and the species of Homo-Sapiens will become extinct on this planet long before any beginning of the depletion of these fossils are realized. A great deal of these fossils do offer the scientific community information offered by the pathology of certain recovered specimens. The scientific community can not often afford to travel in to the field to search and bring out specimens and yet are content to embrace regulations opposing any member of the private sector that may venture such endeavors. There is this common logic that may exist that should bring the collector and scientist together for the benefit of progress, to reject non-diagnostic discovered fossils and return them to the collector, and to embrace any diagnostic finding to be studied within the laboratories of the appropriate offices with the intention to return the fossil to the collector following the examinations. The scientific community could only benefit with such an association from the private sector, and the government imposed regulations may then finally cease it's programs of creating animosity within it's own country as well as ignoring cooperation potential within the scientific community and those whom are interested in the discovery of this most amazing treasure."
"Arctic beaches deliver such possibilities of discoveries. This photo illustrates a 'Stellar Sea Cow (extinct) rib bone, ancient Inuit digging 'spade,' with a 'missing' driftwood handle, that was affixed through the hole visible in this photo. The notches, (only one visible), was a brace for the attached handle. This find is what is considered a non-diagnostic 'site' discovery, as it was lost to it's true location. We are maintaining a very detached connection with the scientific community in the Arctic. Government sanctioned regulations are crippling any effort to encourage this association. I personally would indeed enjoy delivering any new site location, or discovery of any possible diagnostic discovery to members of the scientific community but the effort is strictly one sided. It requires intensive study now to understand all of the regulations imposed on even local residents in the Arctic, to collecting without the possibility of persecution, so that anything discovered is not offered to any scientist. It would be logical to not install punishment to those whom may find a valuable artifact or fossil but rather to embrace this potential association which would be a value to the study of any faction of the scientific benefit."
Saturday, July 7, 2012
"Another Freedom Lost"....."Peace was invented in the land during the last 'Ice Age.' This same land is still along side our roads and towns. The rivers have changed but were also born to the time of the long sleep, the Ice Age. Peace, like no peace most Humans now know. The Arctic is vast, and in one of my Past Life regressions, this I know, was involved in this region over ten thousand years distant. I was a resident hunter here, during the time of the Mammoth. Being in this Arctic realm, is my passion, was my life and my creative force in this life's experience. I am truly home in the Arctic, discovering mammoth ivory that I sculpt with no other sculpture medium as interesting. To my great dismay, Mammoth Ivory in the Arctic region has been made illegal for collecting and is not available as my future medium of creativity. (The United States Federal Government has control of the entire Arctic region and is prohibited for the use of this wondrous 'Mammoth Ivory' in my creative endeavors)."