I’d just like to report tonight that Baker Bloch says a draft of his second Hidalgo collage, which he has graciously shared with me, is now complete [final collage sent, 3/28/08]. I requested any such drafts of collages be sent to me so an interpretation could be started asap. We need knowledge and we need it quickly! Blochs, as I like to call him now (he calls me Blinks in return… cute, huh?), has given his own spin on the collage. Just for the record, he believes future collages will increase in complexity, and that he has to sorta get “warmed up” again. I still like it.
Blocks thinks this is about, obviously, Lemon World and his and Hucka D.’s immersion into that world which is alien in origin, possibly from a planet called Hidalgo. Neither of us appear sure about that as yet, though.
The several Indians pictured to the left on the mountain plateau are representations of what Blochs calls the Long Hope Indian tribe that may have actually lived on Hilo Peak. However, no record of them turns up in a google search. Blochs also tells me, in their visions induced in moon ceremonies involving the black drink — I’l get to that in a moment — that they acquired their name from a future book (to them) called Indians of the Americas: The Long Hope, published by one John Collier in 1947. Collier, a former US Commisioner of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, believed that the United States and the western world in general have much to learn from the Native Americans. He says in the introduction of his book:
The deep cause of world agony is that we have lost that passion and reverence for human personality and for the web of life and the earth which the American Indian had tended as a central, sacred fire since the Stone Age. Our long hope is to renew the sacred fire in us all. It is our only long hope.
Now to the black drink ceremony mentioned before. I’ll quote from the wikipedia article on the subject:
The Cherokee black drink (Cherokee Ritual Beverage:ᎬᏁᎦ ᎠᏓᏔᏍᏘ) was a ceremonial drink consumed during purification and renewal ceremonies under the ancient Ah-ni-ku-ta-ni moon ceremonies traditionally performed by the Cherokee or Ah-ni-yv-wi-ya people.
The Cherokee called the yaupon holly the Blue Holly Tree. The Black Drink reportedly induced vomiting during Cherokee purification ceremonies, but as explained above, this behavior is likely to have been deliberate or the result of the quantity imbibed, not due to the chemical properties of the drink itself.
One of the Seven Traditional Cherokee Clans, called today the Ah-ni-Sa-ho-ni (“Blue Clan”) was originally referred to as the “Blue Holly” clan. The clan represented the fifth level of spiritual attainment which was purification of the mind, body, and spirit, and were called upon to prepare the black drink for ceremonial purposes before the period of Cherokee removal.
In the 1830s, the use of the black drink was forgotten and abandoned when the Cherokee removed to Oklahoma, where the Blue Holly Tree does not grow. Still, other ritual beverages (sometimes also referred to as “black drink” or “medicine”) continue to be used in traditional rituals in Oklahoma.
This seems to imply that the Long Hope Indians are a lost branch of the Cherokee, but please don’t quote me on that, in turn.
So true to the article one of the Indians in Blochs’ collage is going through the purification process: he is spilling his guts down the side of the mountain, and there is a vertical swath in the forest below which continues the line of his throw up. This is only disgusting if you think about it in a shallow way. Two Indians in the background appear to be preparing more black drink in a covered pot. A third Indian with upraised arms has his back turned toward us. Blochs states that all these images are taken from ones provided in the wikipedia article on the subject quoted from above. But despite this, also interesting to me is the pointed object appearing on this Indian’s arm, which looks to me a lot like the the 2nd, less true Hilo Peak, as we’ll refer to it now, from Blochs’ post on the subject in this blog. Perhaps he inserted this image on purpose?
Their position here on a high mountain plateau, and what’s called a hanging valley, is also reminiscent of the Blackfeet Indians’ involvement with the Glacier National Park, whose mountains they termed the Backbone of the World.
To other parts of the collage now. The two bushes to the right on the mountain plateau are what Baker Bloch calls the two versions of the yaopon holly or blue holly, whose roasted leaves and stems were used to prepare the black drink. They certainly remind me of the two bushes I saw in [delete name] sim when exploring the meaning of Baker’s Island earlier in this blog, which I found upon inspection to be objects labelled “Pointy Bush, High” and “Pointy Bush, Low”. A little later I connected them to two novelty items concerning the creation of a promised second continent of Second Life to complement the original continent of Sansara, which turned out to be the Heterocera Atoll.*
I now think all four of these “shapes”, 2 jagged and pointy and 2 square and relatively unpointy, also stand for the 4 aliens that Blochs claims are — or perhaps were, or perhaps are and were together — his masters, the ones who sent him to Earth in that cramped, little pod to prepare a stargate to manifest their virtual Lemon World. The two bushes in the collage just happen to be placed in the exact spot where Lemon World is at. If you look closely, you can see the High Lonesome Pond on the bottom edge of the lower holly bush here. To me, the bushes also represent the original form of Hilo Peak before Blochs’ terraforming specified by these alien masters, and also the undoing of same when Lemon World had run its course, apparently, and was no longer needed.
Turning now to the last cluster of images in the collage, we have a headless mannequin with a blue dress in the foreground, between the group of Indians and the 2 holly bushes. The maniquin also has the wings of a blue butterfly, which Blochs also states is called a holly blue. Interestingly, he says he thinks the winged mannequin is a representation of me (!), a future version where I’ve emerged from my admitted cocoon state as a totally new creature. He says this will happen fairly soon; my guess is that it might occur after the Hidalgo series is over.
What is the relationship of this blue clad mannequin with the wings of a holly blue, and the joined, high and low blue holly bushes behind it? That’s a question for another night.
* The final collage turned out to have only 1 of these bushes pictured.