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Are You As Smart as a Caveman (or woman)?

Reconnecting with human heritage heightens wit and innovation

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Cave art use of local materials and creativity I'm mesmerized by the skill and knowledge used to create the monuments of the past. The pyramids, the aquaducts of Rome, even the White House. And the cave art of ancient humans.

These creative human beings didn't buy tools and supplies from the corner hardware store. They didn't have computer design tools. Or electric drills and saws and mixers. They took local materials for the most part, and fashioned something extraordinary using their wits, their ingenuity and their passion to achieve the end result.

Ancient peoples would decorate walls of protected caves with paint made from dirt or charcoal mixed with spit or animal fat. In cave paintings, the pigments (often carbon black or ochre) stick to the wall partially because the pigment gets trapped in the porous wall, and partially because the binding media (the spit or fat) dries, adhering the pigment to the wall.Early Pitments

What natural materials are lying fallow in your community that you could turn into lasting pigments for art that you paint on local boulders or etch into stone cliffs?

What binders would you use? How many colors can you formulate? How would you test the pigments.

And then, what message and meaning would you communicate?

Our ancestors weren't dumb. It's easy to think we are evolving, but when you look at the intelligence required to create the building blocks of our shared culture, it puts "solutions thinking" into perspective.

What a puzzle -- a real life problem and solution challenge worthy of our humanity and a few hours here and there to reconnect with our capacity for innovation and creativity.

Carolyn

Problem Solutions for small and medium size business
PROBLEM: Blindness to natural resources around us.

SOLUTION: Using the arts to explore our everyday natural wonders.



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