Mesa Verde: Among the Anasazis
Mesa Verde National Park: Among the Anasazis Oil Painting by Stefan Baumann
30×20 Oil Canvas Stretched on Wood Bars
4″ 24 k Handmade Ornate Frame
Lower Left – Baumann GV 03
Among the Anasazis Stefan Baumann
Journal Entry: Oct 15 , 2003
Leaving Arches National Park, I drove south toward Mesa Verde. Traveling was tenuous since signs of incoming storms were visible everywhere. The changing weather tempted me to change my plans and head westerly away from the destination that I had waited so long to see in person. But, I decided to press on with rain and snow blurring the windshield which made it difficult to see the road. But I continued through the storm, determined to reach Mesa Verde. I finally entered the park and as I drove toward vista point, I had to stop on the road because a male grouse appeared on the road and began to display its feathers and dance only feet away from my car, seemingly unaware of my presence. The display went on for for quite some time with his colorful chest pushed out, his extended wings stretched. and all the while, dancing in a circle. I was reminded of Navaho dancers who mimicked the movements of these grand birds in their dances. I like to imagine that it was a welcoming ritual from the ancient ones and that my tenacity to reach their sacred grounds will be rewarded. In the next moment, the bird disappeared and I successfully made my way to the overlook where I could see the same view of the Mesa Verde, home of the Anasazis, the Ancient Pueblo Peoples, as I had seen so often in my history books.
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This painting will be displayed in Stefan Baumann’s One Man Show titled: Reverence: An Artist’s Tribute to Nature” at The Orland Art Center in Orland, CA from September 1 through 27, 2014.