THE ANGUILLLA PHILATELIC BUREAU

PRESENTS

"FOUNTAIN CAVERN CARVINGS"



A UNIQUE ISSUE OF STAMPS

AND

FIRST DAY COVERS

HIGHLIGHTING THE RELIGIOUS CUSTOM

AND CREATIVITY OF THE

AMERINDIAN SETTLERS



RELEASE DATE: 17 NOVEMBER 1997





ANGUILLA'S FOUNTAIN CAVERN CARVINGS

The Fountain Cavern is considered one of the most significant Archeological in Anguilla and indeed the region. In recent years archeological expeditions have revealed the Cavern to be not just a geological wonder, but also a shrine rich in religious history.

It was in this sanctuary that the early indigenous inhabitants, the Amerindians performed their religious rituals dating back as early as AD 300 and up until the early 15th century. The Cavern also served as a fresh water source for the Shoal Bay inhabitant apart from being a ceremonial centre for the entire island if not the region.

With continued focus being placed on the Fountain Cavern to develop the cave and its environs into a major National Park and Tourism related attraction, the Anguilla Post Office has risen to the occasion to assist in the venture by issuing a set of postage stamps depicting four of the more significant Petroglyphs (rock carvings) found on the hallowed walls of the Fountain Cavern.

The art work for this issue of stamps was graciously contributed by Nez Graulke and Clair Twaron native Texans through their agent Robert (Bob) Twaron. The three are friends of Anguilla and visit regularly.

-Jocahu-"The Creator"

The top section of a giant 12ft high stalagmite situated adjacent to one of the pools of spring water has been carved into an enormous head thought to represent the Taino Creator - God "Jocahu". Jocahu was revered by the Amerindians as the: "Giver of Cassava" one of their staple crops.

-Cap Juluca-"Rainbow Deity"

Another striking Petroglyph found in the fascinating Cavern is Cap Juluca - "The Rainbow God". This emblem carved into the limestone column facing east is essentially an arc with solar orb flanked by chevron lines.

One of Anguilla's leading and internationally acclaimed resorts had taken it's name and emblem from this Amerindian god.

-"Solar Chieftain"

Intricately carved on the base of a stalagmite surface next to a crystal water source is a long face with four feathers forming a crown, a tribute to the sun god whom the worshippers believed illuminated their sanctuary with arc of brilliant sunlight which kept evil forces at bay.

-"Lizard with Front legs extended"

Dedicated perhaps to the "God of Fertility" this carving is one of the few zoomorphic Petroglyphs found in the Fountain Cavern. The reptile like carving appears as if it wants to leap off the stone on which it is carved.

It is thought that this symbol represents the Perptuity of the Amerindian race.



THE ARTISTS

NEZ GRAULKE

Nez the multimedia artist from Texas, worked at an early age in the photography phase of her art life. This included all areas of photography, the commission, photographs, complete laboratory processing that included painting the portraits. She studied art at the University of Texas and Texas A & M University as well as instructions from New Mexico, Florida and California.

Throughout her career her oil paintings of landscape have won her numerous awards which include Best of Shows for over five consecutive years and the coveted Peoples Choice Award. After painting Cap Juluca and the Fountain Cavern for the Government of Anguilla, which she thoroughly loved to paint for postage stamps, Landscapes of Anguilla has become one of her favorite subjects.

CLAIRE TWARON

Claire is alsoa native Texan, growing up in Texas she acquired a love for nature. She studied art at Tarleton University and Sam Houston University, and painted for fifteen years. Claire discovered Anguilla in 1993 and loves to paint Anguillian landscapes.

She painted "Jocahu" the "Creator - Giver of Cassava" and "Lizard with Fron legs extended" for this issue of stamps for the Government of Anguilla.

The Government of Anguilla is appreciative of their work.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

TITLE OF ISSUE: FOUNTAIN CAVERN CARVINGS
REASON FOR ISSUE: To help educate the public and generate interest in the carvings found in the Fountain Cavern
VALUES: .30, $1.25, $2.25 and $2.75
DESIGNERS: Claire Twaron and Nez Graulke
PRINTERS: Cot Printery, Ltd.
PROCESS: Lithography
STAMP SIZE: 30.56 mm x 38.00 mm
PANE SIZE: 50 (2 x 25)
PAPER: Harrisons & Sons stamp paper


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Philatelic Bureau
General Post Office
The Valley, Anguilla
Tel: 1 264 497 2528
Fax: 1 264 497 5455