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Utah Juniper at Sipapu Bridge
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Artist: Michael_S_Wills
Original Medium: Photography
Michael Stephen Wills, Ithaca, NY, United States
About this work:
I climbed a series of weathered pine ladders to this view of Sipapu in Natural Bridges National Monument. A Utah Juniper (Juniperus osteosperma). Historically, across the west, Native Americans used the wood in building their houses. They ate the berries; smoked the bark; made shoes, clothing, and rope from it. Sipapu is a Hopi word for the small hole or indentation in the floor of kivas used by the Ancient Pueblo Peoples and modern-day Puebloans. It symbolizes the portal through which their ancient ancestors first emerged to enter the present world. A natural bridge is formed through erosion by water flowing in the stream bed of the canyon. Sipapu Bridge is 268 feet across and, standing in the stream bed, it is 220 feet above your head. That is white Permian sandstone, after which White Canyon is named.
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