Aliens on the Wall

When I heard about the Aliens on the wall, I immediately ran out of the cabin, camera in hand and excitement in my belly. I knew what they were talking about and I knew that I had to see it as soon as possible. The ATV rumbled and growled between the outhouse and farming equipment and across the pasture between the cliffs. Scaring a handful of cows away, I pulled up to the river, right next to the water, and in front of me, far up on the canyon wall, sat two carmine figures frozen in time.  It was hard to believe, but they did look like aliens. I had to get a closer look.

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Running across the bridge to the other side of the river, leaving the ATV behind, I found a satisfactory path and began to climb the steep hill that led to the images. It was midday and the sun roasted my neck as I climbed up past cow skulls and a few sunbathing snakes. They both looked at me with indifference. Once I reached the base of the cliff, I located an old, sandy trail and worked my way over to the alien figures.

I stood before the images for a long time before tearing my eyes away. There were two clear wall paintings, one massive piece that had been covered by mud, and a distinct carving in the cliff face. They looked like aliens, they really did, but they weren’t. Did aliens put them there? No, probably not.

In reality, despite my first impression aided by an excessive imagination, the pictures were created by the Ute – most likely – around 1100 AD. The paintings were dark red in color, and according to my research, that shade is most likely due to red ochre, a reddish colored clay usually applied by a hand brush or by blowing the red substance through hollow animal bones.

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The images themselves were intricate, old, and very strange. The impression on the right was a tall figure that had lines running across its face and down its body. The figure on the left was smaller and more humanoid in appearance. Eyes sat near the top of its face and two little antennas shot up from the top of its head. The middle image covered in mud was, according to the property owners, a large picture of animals – buffalo and antelope – in a large heard. The rock carving was tiny and the most humanoid of all of the impressions, yet still not familiar. It looked like a demon with horns in my opinion.

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I know what your thinking; this guy is an ancient alien theorist. I am not, unfortunately, although I’d like to be, simply because history and science become one hundred times more exciting when you think it all came from little green dudes.

What were the Ute trying to depict? I honestly couldn’t tell you. There’s a possibility that whoever created these images was describing what he or she thought to be demons or monsters or some sort of mythical creature(s). Or maybe they were doing their best to paint headdresses or outfits that were common during the time. It’s hard to tell what the aim was, but what was left behind is no doubt fascinating.

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High on the hill right beside the chilly river, I looked away toward the rest of the canyon and considered what life must’ve been like hundreds of years before when the artist had sat down to express himself. How many people were with him or her? How long did it take to finish their work? Were there animals around? But most importantly, how did they communicate with the aliens?

I’m kidding of course….. although, they did look just like aliens.

 

 

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