Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, Judaculla Rock, and I Love it!


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goldenfarmcopyrightGolden Farm Scene    Original Oil Painting has Been Sold

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I found another Blue Ridge Parkway Creature Tale!  This one is a giant in Jackson County, North Carolina.

 

Judaculla

There is a rock near Cullowhee North Carolina that has strange inscriptions on it. According to Cherokee legend these markings were the work of a giant named Judaculla.  Supposedly he lived in the region long ago.

The name literally means, “He has them slanting”, which refers to the giant’s eyes.  He was awful to look at with seven fingers on each hand and seven toes on each foot.  He was seven feet tall and very ugly.

Judaculla had control of the elements and all of the game.

There are many explanations for the markings on the rock.  One involves a fall that left impressions, in particular, a foot impression with seven toes.  Another is that Judaculla left hunting instructions on the rock as he was the master of all game and allowed the Cherokees to hunt.

 

The rock was an important focal point for the Cherokees and was the site of religious rituals until their forced expulsion in the 19th century.  It is now an historic site that people can visit.

 

I found this legend on Stories from The Mountains online publication.

 

Out of the Mouths of Babes

I love to laugh! I especially enjoy word play!  There was a great one today on Facebook.  A small child says she has Grandma on Speed Dial!  She calls it INSTAGRAM!

abeautifulmomemtcopyrightA Beautiful Moment   Original  20″x16″ Oil Painting    $670

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Life with The Bird and Word Man

The next Blue Ridge Discovery Center Even is Almost Here!

 

BRDC at Independence Farmers Market
Fri, June 27, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Where
Independence, VA
Calendar
BRDC Web Calendar
Created by
scott@blueridgediscoverycenter.org
Description
More kids oriented educational activities.

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, The Devil’s Tramping Ground and Worst 40th Birthday Card Ever – But very funny!


Blue Ridge Parkway Artist

Here are some of my recent Kendall Expressions paintings!  Check them out and more in the Kendall Expressions folder on my website!

sharkbeautycopyrifhtShark Beauty  Original  16″x20″ Acrylic Painting     $670

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Beauty and Danger  Original  16″x20″ Acrylic Painting     $670

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Tiger Stare Original  16″x20″ Acrylic Painting     $670

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I am having a great time researching myths and legends of mountain sites that are near the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway!   Here is another Native America legend about the Devil!

The Devil’s Tramping Ground

The Devil’s Tramping Ground is located in Western Chatham county near Siler City.  It is forty feet long. The path forms a ring and is a foot wide. The center of the circle and the area around it is covered with grass and plants but nothing grows in the path.

If objects are place in the path at night they are removed by morning.

It is believed to be the ground where the devil walks in a circle planning his devious tricks. His foot prints make the path.  He is gone by morning.  The devil’s foot prints are so hot the ground is scorched so nothing can grow there. It is believed animals avoid the path.

Spooky!

I got this great legend from Cherokee Indians – Native American myths and legends online publication

 

Worst 40th Birthday Card Ever

I just checked out a Good Neighbors DVD from the library.  I love it so far!  The opening scene has a man with a birthday cake with one candle.  He opens a card and reads it.   Mozart and Mendelssohn were dead by forty – Why aren’t you?

 

Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

The Independence Farmers Market is coming up June 27th!  This is another great event with The Blue Ridge Discovery Center!  There will be activities for kids!  Come on out!

 

BRDC at Independence Farmers Market
Fri, June 27, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Where
Independence, VA
Calendar
BRDC Web Calendar
Created by
scott@blueridgediscoverycenter.org
Description
More kids oriented educational activities.

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, The Moon-Eyed People and The Word Man does it Again!


Blue Ridge Parkway Artist

Here is one of my favorite Kendall Expressions paintings!  See more on my website in the folder of the same name!

 

owlselectriccopyrightOwls Electric  Original   9″x8″   Pastel Painting  $174

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porchlithocopyrightPorch     Original Hand Colored 8″ x 10″  Lithograph   $180

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One of my favorite Autumn scenes!

 

More Appalachian Cherokee Legends!

 

The Moon-eyed people were, according to the Cherokees, a race of small men that  lived in the southern Appalachians. They were quite different from the Cherokee people in appearance.  Their skin was light and and they were bearded.  They were called moon-eyed because they could only see at night.  Their sensitive eyes were blinded by the sun so they were nocturnal beings that lived in underground caverns.

Cherokee cosmotology is complex.  They believe they live with other supernatural beings but the Moon-eyed people are never described as having other-worldly characteristics so some believe they may have been European settlers that arrived before Columbus.

The stone wall of Fort Mountain, George is said to be associated with these people. According to legend, this great wall is left over from a war between the Moon Eyed People and the neighboring Creek nation. The wall is 850 feet long with varying heights between two and six feet high.  Again, according to legend the Creek nation drove the Moon Eyed People off in a battle at night when the light of the moon was strong enough to weaken the nocturnal warriors.

 

I found this great story from the online publication Stories from the Mountains!

 

Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

The Word Man has done it again!  This time  his poem, My Granny’s Island has been accepted for publication by Leaves of Ink!  Yea Word Man!  The poem will appear in July’s issue!

Thank you for looking at paintings by an artist of The Blue Ridge Parkway