Grandmother Mesquite

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Grandmother Mesquite

This smiling Grandmother lives in a mesquite tree in Tucson’s Saguaro National Park. She benignly watches over the comings and goings at Signal Hill, an ancient petroglyph site of the Hohokam people.

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Desert Spirits on other side of the Grandmother mesquite

Grandmother trees are nourishing, protective, all-encompassing. They often have the detached good humor that comes with wise old age. This grandmother contains inside herself images of many of the beings she protects. They are of the dark and the light sides of creation.

Signal Hill was occupied for centuries and was probably used for ceremonies as well as a military signal site, being the highest location for many miles around.

Here I am visiting with Grandmother. Two wise old crones having a chat! Also shown is a Signal Hill petroglyph of spiderwoman – another of the wise women of legend.

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