RE: [ancient_waterways_society] Re: Ancient Waterways of Iowa area photos [Ted Sojka]
The pictures did not come through. Can you resend . . .
Allamakee County Iowa
Across the river from the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers.
Pike's Bluff now called Pikes Peak State Park in Iowa.
The hill that is Wyalusing State Park near Prairie du Chien.
One of a series of drawings that I did for the Winneshiek County Nature Center, called the people who once lived here.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Susan" <beldingenglish@...> wrote:
> Ancient Waterways Society friends,
> Thanks for recent letters, Stan, Vince, Chris, etc. Will hope for
> Wireless service in Nova Scotia to reply. I am home less than a day
> from a conference in Keweenaw, my '92 Ford broke down in the Porcupine
> Mts., I was on the road across from an aboriginal copper mining pit and
> a bear started circling me wanting what I was eating. Thank goodness an
> approaching warden's truck deterred him but was told next time I should
> toss the food away from me.
> Am leaving later today for Halifax to help the organizers with the Nova
> Scotia Atlantic Conference, a first trip to a place I have always
> dreamed of seeing.
> I have been so busy I was remiss in not sending this very thoughtful,
> interesting letter very relevant to our site, from an Iowan who emailed
> me about possible future Ancient Waterways Society gatherings or field
> trips. I do hope Ted Sojka's letter, photos, and his beautifully
> illustrated drawing comes through in this post. If not, I will delete
> it and ask Ted to put it in personally.
> With so many other related, highly active groups out there, Ted may not
> feel the need to join this group but it is hope he will be among the
> many who, as non-members, frequentlyfollow our posts. Ted also stated
> in earlier letters that he shares photos but not locations, so as to
> protect the sites. He asked that the photos not be used without his
> permission nor reproduced.
> Thank you, Ted.
> "...This may have been the piece you asked about. The first image I
> cannot remember the source, though I think it from a Iowa archeology
> department poster or from Effigy Mounds National Monument web site.
> <http://www.iowageology.org/gb70/page_1.htm> There is also some good
> information if you forward this site along to any of the groups. [Ted
> Sojka of Iowa]
> Susan. Sorry I was not able to attend the Ancient Earthworks Society. I
> have been affiliated with the Native Earthworks Preservation group for
> several years, and I have been working for several archeologists as a
> photographer and artist for forty years in Northeast Iowa.
> Ancient Waterways is of course a natural to go with the mounds as the
> rivers connect all the sites and were the highways for thousands of
> years before other forms of travel was possible.
> The Prairie in the photos hosted not only many thousands of years of
> native gatherings, but also many who were to become presidents of this
> country when this was the Western frontier. Abraham Lincoln came during
> the Black Hawk War,as well as Jefferson Davis, who was in charge of the
> lumber mill which made the materials for several of the forts in the
> area. Zachary Taylor and Winfield Scot also were stationed in the area.
> General Atkinson left his name on forts in Iowa and Wisconsin.
> But for the first nation it was the main highway from the great lakes to
> the Father of Waters, and points South. The Cahokians came upriver to
> trade and build Aztalan, and the first walled trading places on the
> river. The first Walmart in Allamakee County which has been explored in
> several digs, contained Obsidian from Yellowstone, copper from the Upper
> Peninsula, amd conch shell from the Gulf of Mexico. A large rim shard
> that probably contained seed for trade was found to have been made near
> St. Louis from the clay it was made of and the designs it was decorated
> Send me more information about the ancient waterways. Thanks. Ted Sojka
> Art Educators of Iowa
> (see next post for Ted's photos and drawing)