On our recent family vacation we decided to go back to the basics. The kids and I went exploring. We’d been told there were some ancient Sami (indigenous people of the arctic region) writings in the vicinity of the cabin. “Ancient”, as in over 6,000 years old. Of course we had to embark on an expedition.
My five year old son lead the way, running ahead of us, towards the beautiful rock formations on the hill side.
And it didn’t take him long to find the writings and “read” them. “Mommy, look! A reindeer and a man!” (The reindeer’s a bit difficult to see – on the left-hand side of the photo.)
I was just as excited as the kids, as we searched the ancient stone walls, looking for new drawings. “Here’s one!” my daughter shouted, and we all ran to study the latest discovery.
We weren’t sure about this one – whether it had been a large painting that had been worn down throughout the years, or if it was the natural color of the rock. Any ideas?
And of course we had to make our own sami writings – shadow drawings – a ferocious bear and a soaring eagle:
I tried to imagine what it must have been like to live there 6,000 years ago, or even a century ago. A beautiful, but harsh setting, where each day was focussed on survival – gathering enough food and wood to endure the harsh arctic winters. A time before motorized vehicles, where the main modes of transportation were boat and foot.
Treading on ancient ground, I envisioned the historian who took time to make these illustrations, unknowingly telling a tale to folk 6,000 years later.