Spirit.

March 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that its center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.” – Black Elk

 

 

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newberry mountains, Spirit Mountain Wilderness

newberry mountains, Spirit Mountain Wilderness

http://www.sangres.com/nevada/wilderness/spirit-mountain.htm#.UUOdgBe-okw

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“The soul would have no rainbow, had the eyes no tears.” – John Vance Cheney

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Spirit Mountain

Spirit Mountain

Because plutons are so large, it is tough to get a good shot showing their relation to the surrounding rocks. This photo shows a pluton (white granite) poking up through the surrounding gray (volcanic) rocks.

http://www.pitt.edu/~cejones/GeoImages/3IntrusiveBodies/1Plutons.html

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“Now that her spirit had left, I’d thought she would feel light. Then I realized it was the spirit that carries the weight of the body and not the other way around.” – Jessica Maria Tuccelli

 

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Spirit Mountain

Spirit Mountain

http://www.hikinglasvegas.com/updates.htm

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“The faerie represent the beauty we don’t see, or even choose to ignore. That’s why I’ll paint them in junkyards, or fluttering around a sleeping wino. No place or person is immune to spirit. Look hard enough, and everything has a story. Everybody is important.” – Charles de Lint

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Spirit Mountain

Spirit Mountain

Spirit Mountain is a series of imposing granitic outcrops in the Newberry Mountains. Water sources are White Rock Wash and Pipe Spring. Elevations reach 5,939 feet.

Creosote bush scrub, mixed shrub-juniper woodland, and mesquite/catclaw communities in Sacatone Wash and Grapevine Canyon.

Mammals include desert bighorn sheep, mule deer, cactus mouse, canyon mouse, desert woodrat, long-tailed hawk, sharp-shinned hawk, peregrine falcon, cactus wren, Costa’s hummingbird, Crissal thrasher and Bell’s vireo.  The desert tortoise finds critical habitat here.

Spirit Mountain is significant to the Native Americans of the Mojave and Sonoran Desert regions as the center of their creation. The Pai groups (separate tribal entities) associated with the site include the Mojave, Wala Pai, Yavi ‘Pai, Havasu ‘Pai, Marakopa, Quechen, Pai ‘Pai (in Mexico). The Hopi and Chemehuevi also consider this a significant religious / sacred site, but not a spiritual birthplace. There are no known archeological resources or identified physical evidence of traditional religious use within the area. Since traditional practitioners limited secular activities on the mountain, the absence of indigenous material highlights the significance of Spirit Mountain for Yuman-speaking people. It also suggests that the area was used exclusively for religious purposes.

The Spirit Mountain area has been designated a Traditional Cultural Property by the BLM and the National Park Service and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Along with the federal land managers, Spirit Mountain is monitored by the Aha’Mahv, a Fort Mojave group which conducts medicinal plant collecting in the area.

This wilderness is a component of the Bureau of Land Management’s National Conservation Lands.

http://www.nevadawilderness.org/library/area.asp?nMode=1&nLibraryID=183

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Spirit Mountain

Spirit Mountain

http://nevadawild.blogspot.com/2012/02/where-wild-places-are-trio-from-spirit.html

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“Anybody can rise to a crisis and face a crushing tragedy with courage, but to meet the petty hazards of the day with a laugh- I really think that requires spirit!” – Jean Webster

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