“Spirit of Manitou” | Garden of the Gods
Limited Edition | Fine Art Landscape Print
Colorado Springs, Colorado
“…Nestled on grassy plains which lie at the foot of the Great White Mountain that points the way to heaven lived the Chosen People. Here they dwelt in happiness together. And above them on the summit of the Mighty Peak where stand the Western Gates of Heaven, dwelt the Manitou.” ~ Marion E. Gridley, “Indian Legends of American Scenes”.
Among the indigenous peoples of the region, the supreme Manitou is referenced as a supernatural being that controls nature; an omnipresent spirit that manifests everywhere, a deity that possesses supernatural power.
Ancient Indian legend tells the story of a great flood which covered all but the top of Manitou’s Mountain, known today as Pikes Peak. When the waters subsided, the Great Spirit turned the floating carcasses of the drowned animals into sandstone, and rolled them down into a garden valley below, where they “remained as mute evidences of the Great Flood.”
Formed over 300 million years of nature’s evolution, Garden of the Gods is truly an angelic place and considered sacred ground by the Apache, Kiowa, Pawnee, Arapaho, Cheyenne, Shoshone and Ute peoples. It is believed that the red rocks had spiritual properties and their oral tradition describes how man was created in the Garden of the Gods.
Towering over 300 feet of crimson ancestral red, pink, and white Sandstone, these monolith’s and spires spring from the valley floor as if being pulled to the heavens by the supreme creators hand. The energy of this place is undeniable. The moment you step foot beneath their watchful presence everything changes, your breath, your heartbeat, your sense of being human; you become keenly aware of our frailties, our mortality, as an overwhelming desire for greater spiritual intimacy rushes through your soul.
And on this cold winter morning in “The Valley of the Miracle,” one couldn’t help but feel the presence of the Great Spirit, for it had delicately dusted the valley with a welcoming layer of pristine snow, offering an angelic presentation of Garden of the Gods, graced with the omnipresent, the “Spirit of Manitou”.
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“Spirit of Manitou”
In this exquisite Fine Art print, we feel the Great Spirit’s presence; dusted with pristine snow in The Valley of the Miracle, Garden of the Gods is a spiritual gift from our maker, a place of peace and calm, while inspiring our imagination to dream.
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