On our trip west over Memorial Day, my husband and I hiked back to see these 2,300 year-old Native American cave drawings in northern Arizona. I always like to step off the beaten path when we travel, and in this case, we had the trail–and the cave–entirely to ourselves. Seeing these cave drawings left me feeling incredibly humbled, and also connected…. How small we are in the continuum of human expression.
Wouldn’t you love to be able to sit at that cave’s campfire? Of course, I wouldn’t be able to understand a word they were saying. But I figure in the world where I can move back in time 2,300 years, I can acquire lost language.
Wow, exactly what hike in AZ is this at?? I bet even though we wouldn’t understand their verbal language, a lot of actually comprehending meaning in communication is much more than just verbal – a lot of it is body language and expressions, which are universally recognizable! I’m sure expressions haven’t evolved much over the last few thousands of years.
Very true! Human expression is at once so nuanced and so recognizable. The hike is in Snake Gulch in the Kanab Wilderness Area. Definitely worth a trip!