Machimoodus Dreamscape

Machimoodus Dreamscape

"Machimoodus Dreamscape"
Machimoodus State Park, East Haddam, CT
© 2011 J. G. Coleman

My newest print releases bring you visions of a misty sunrise over summertime meadows at Machimoodus State Park in East Haddam, Connecticut. But while images such as “Machimoodus Dreamscape” (featured above) may impart a feeling of serenity, they can hardly convey the unique history of Machimoodus State Park that comes to us from some of Connecticut’s earliest inhabitants.

Long before Europeans guided their ships into Long Island Sound for the first time, Native Americans that inhabited the area of modern-day Moodus knew the land as “Matchemadoset”, “Matchitmoodus” or “Machimoodus”…all English attempts at spelling the same Native American name, which translates variously as “Place of Noises” or “Place of Bad Noises”. Local natives, and perhaps even distant surrounding tribes, fervently believed that the loud sounds heard emanating from the Earth at Machimoodus were the rumblings of the bad spirit, Hobomocko. Seeking to appease this mischievous god, Native Americans routinely convened in the area of present-day Moodus (a village of East Haddam) to make offerings and consultations with the spirit.

Supernatural powers are no longer attributed to these noises; modern scientists have determined that they are the audible result of micro-earthquakes. Nonetheless, the unmistakeable sounds are still reportedly heard and called “The Moodus Noises” to this day.

If you enjoyed “Machimoodus Dreamscape”, be sure to take a look at some of my other fine art prints from Machimoodus State Park such as “Land of the Great Mullein” and “Trail Twilight in the Place of Noises”.

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