Ancient Ones

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On November 29, 1864, hundreds of Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians, mostly women, children and elderly, were massacred by the Colorado militia on the plains of Colorado (known as the Sand Creek Massacre).  They were gathering together to sign what they thought was a peace treaty when they were attacked.  The bodies were never buried and the land is now considered sacred by the Natives. In early December, 2009, I spent time photographing there.  Each diptych represents a singular place and time.  My inspiration for this portfolio comes from the feeling of being watched by the landscape itself; not just by the spirits who once walked the land, but through the perennial eyes of the grasses, the cottonwood trees who’ve seen it all…