Five Card Story: Spider Woman and The Lonely Archeologist

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a Five Card Flickr story by Sandy Brown Jensen created Jul 15 2014, 09:31:43 pm. Create a new one!

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Once upon a time a lonely archeologist found himself in a remote and rugged land. He was looking for anything at all that would help him solve the mystery of the Swallow People.
Every day he roamed the abandoned pueblos and kivas of the Four Corners area of the Sonoran Desert. One day, he made a surprising find--three molars of a six year old child buried at the center of the kiva hearth. He texted the image back to his colleagues at the university. With an image recognition search, they realized this was a contemporary burial of a child lost in the desert in 1984. When the image of the molars was shown to the mother, she broke down in the scientist's office and wept. Because of that, the archeologist realized that even while alone in the desert, he seemed to be connected to some greater pattern that seemed to be guiding him. He was a scientist, so he told no one about his mystical insight--but this was Anasazi land, after all, where Spider Woman still wove her subtle web between the landscape and the people who found their way to its deeply buried secrets. His story is stored on a hard drive somewhere at some university, but his story is also still told around the fires of the People and taken to the ceremonial center of the kiva every year on the child's birthday. The child's mother comes every year, and one year, the archeologist came, and in that, Spider Woman completed one more of her perfect webs.

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