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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 1, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, November 1, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 21 'Travel, tour agents should take advice from psychiatrist' Sign of winter A sure sign of winter in Smith's Parish, Bermuda, is the blooming of the pom- settia Here the flowers frame a tranquil scene at Flatts Inlet, with the Coral Island Hotel in the background. Rock paintings await visitors to Rhodesia SALISBURY (CP) Undis- covered art treasures await the intrepid visitor to Rho- desia They are the rock paintings of people who inhabited Rho- desia before the coming of the Bantu and the Europeans Already about paint- ings have been recorded and experts say this is just a por- tion of the number that must exist All are protected by law as part of the country's heritage Quite regularly hikers, campp-s, hunters and fish- ermen find new examples of the art work of it as old as to years, The paintings are usually found under overhanging rocks or in caves chosen by the artists as protection THIS WINTER TAKE A BREAK Select your winter holiday then phone 328-7921 for details. HAWAII: One, two or four island packages (with Funteekers Suntours, Trade Wind Tours) MEXICO: Puerto Vallarta or Mazatlan packages, or cruise from Los Angeles with P ft 0 to Mexico SPAIN and the CANARIES: 3 week Holidays AUSTRALIA and the SOUTH PACIFIC: (Farmers and Ranchers Tour) DISNEYLAND and SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: (Christmas Tour) LAS VEGAS SAN DiEGO TOURS ESCORTED COACH TOURS FOR 1975: Recommend Bahamas and Florida (Cruise) Departure 18th January, 1975 14 DAY CARRIBEAN CRUISES from FLORIDA For full details contact A.M.A. TRAVEL AGENCY 608-5th Ave. South Phone 328-7921 or 328-1181 Office open Monday thru Friday 8 30 m to 5 p m Saturday 8 30 to 12 30 p m EASY PARKING FACILITIES DOWNTOWN! Hawaii Jumbo jet holiriavs greal from a .la t from S309 7 "i Qb t -i rjM J a Puerto Vallarta from S4 1 S Hawaii Mazallan San Diego S T from California 11y dme Sunflight Canada's Number One Hobday-maker Contact any one of these acredited Travel Agencies A.M.A. TRAVEL AGENCY 60S 5th Ave. S. Phone 328-7921 P. LAWSON TRAVEL Marquis Hotel Bldg. Phone 328-3000 ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL Centre Village Mall Phone 328-3201 against the weather Most are painted on granite or quar- tzite Subjects depicted by the ar- tists cover all aspects of their life Most predominant are hunting and animal scenes The animals are hfehfe and drawn with confidence Some of the animals depicted have not lived in the area in living memory, enabling naturalists to establish the distribution of the country s wildlife in an era now almost forgotten Tribal life is often depicted, ranging from dancing and domestic activities to the re- turn from a successful hunt Rammakmg and burial cer- emonies are also shown In- dications of the supernatural are usually shown by the merger of human and animal This often results in strange creations such as crocodile men and bat men There are three stages in the rock paintings Experts see a development from early beginnings to a classic period and then a degeneration The earliest paintings are 2.000 to years old, reach- ing a peak in Matabeleland in the mid-16th to 17th centuries and in Mashonaland in the mid 17th century After that the art quality drops off until it disappears with the Zuiu mvavons in the 19th century The Africans now living in Rhodesia have no connection with the artists Paintings scattered over a wide area have been executed by the same artists It is thought that they made their living travelling the country to cam out "commissions" Fine examples of the rock paintings can be found close to Salisbury At Bushman s Point on Lake Mcllwame there are fine paintings of an- imals and fish At Domboshawa a short drive cut cf the city, paintings depict rammaking ceremo- nies At one site in Mashonaland is a painting of a female fig- ure in a manner common to primitive cultures throughout the world The woman is fat and prob- abl> pregnant and hao streams or hands coming from the lower part of the body This has strong resem- blance to the ideas of the earth mother or goddess of fertihtv found in early Medi- terranean societies One of the paintings that has puzzled arrheologiste is found in a :n the southwest It sirelrnes for half the length of the caie ar.d is