Cliff Dwelling

Sinaqua Indian Cliff Dwelling
11" x 14"
# 502

This cast paper sculpture is a study of Montezuma Castle, a Sinaqua Indian cliff dwelling erroneously named after the famous Aztec chief. Sinaqua means without water in Latin.
It is a five-story construction built around the thirteenth century into the cliffs in the northern Arizona Verde Valley.
The spiral added to the handmade paper background is a petroglyph that likely means "something lies below".
A petroglyph is a symbol carved into rock, while a pictograph is a painted or stained drawing added to the rocks, like the technique used here to show the goat.