Fort Ancient 200BC –
On a cold December morning two thousand years ago the people we call the Hopewell prepare for a winter solstice celebration. Bracing themselves against the wind and bitter cold they trudge through the snow and darkness to meet within the earthen walls of a place we now call Fort Ancient –
Winter must have seemed relentless and unforgiving without the light, heat and comforts we take for granted today.
During the long night the fire keepers prepare a massive fire on top of a limestone covered mound. Slowly the people, young and old, gather. The little ones need to be reminded of the importance of the upcoming ceremony. Looking east the people see a soft glow of light in the sky as it slowly brightens. The people align themselves between the opening in the earthen wall and the mound. A hand drum plays softly and gentle singing gives way as a fire keeper lights the fire. As the flames leap toward the sky the ceremonial leaders raise their arms to happily greet the Brother Sun who brings hope for a future with longer days and happiness to his people.
48 x 36 Oil