Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Cairn from Killingsworth CT

reader Tim M sent these photos, and asked if anyone has an opinion about this rock pile:

Redwing MN Cairns

We may have all come across the web site:
Which shows a dramatic cairn on a bluff in Redwing Mn.

Some time ago reader Steve K who lives near Redwing, asked about something I had posted about those cairns and also mentioned he wanted to locate them on foot. I asked him to send photos if he took any, and I am pleased to be able to pass along his report.

Steve writes:
If you're still interested, here are some recent photos (08/13/2017) of one of the rock cairn sites in Red Wing. The DNR had recently cleared away brush, shrub trees, and buckthorn from the bluff making it possible to get some clear pics. 

I also included a couple of aerial photos of another cairn site nearby. There's not much to see in that one, but the tree in the foreground is in a hole that used to be the center of the cairn and there are many large rocks strewn around it. 

Looks pretty damaged since the original photo.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Indigenous Stone Structures in Guam

“Latte (also latde) is a Chamorro term that refers to stone pillars and cup-shaped capitals or capstones, which represent house supports and are ascribed to the ancient people of the Mariana Islands. In some accounts, they are also referred to as casas de los antiguos (houses of the ancients)... research has found that during Guam’s late prehistoric period, from about 1200 BP to 300 BP (before present), latte began to be used and became increasingly common before abandonment after Spanish colonization... In modern times the latte shape has become a symbol of Chamorro cultural identity...”


Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Webster Woods, Woods Hole

I think Mavor wrote about this wedged rock:

 It may have been blasted apart.
I remember this loose mound from seeing it in the past, but I never noticed it was a rectangle with two hollows - which I think is pretty rare on the Cape:
A wonderful woods, out there beyond the golf course.

The 4th Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival

   "The 4th Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival was, in a single word, “Nice.” It was nice to be invited, nice to be in a place where Ceremonial Stone Landscape features are recognized and well known. Everyone I talked to was so very nice and almost everyone had a story or two (or ten) to tell about interesting and intriguing stones as I stood at a table with what looked much like somebody’s 6th Grade Science Fair Project..."


Friday, July 21, 2017


A fundraiser to support the Indigenous Tribes of the Northeast in protecting Ceremonial Stone Landscape Features in Sandisfield, Massachusetts

Presenter: Doug Harris
Preservationist for Ceremonial Landscapes
& A Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office (NITHPO).

Doug Harris will present a history of Ceremonial Stone Landscape Features in the Northeast region and the struggle to preserve them. The hills and valleys of New England are dotted with living prayers of stone (Ceremonial Stone Landscapes) created by the Indigenous peoples of this region. These stone structures were built to create and restore harmony between human beings and Mother Earth. The prayers that they embody continue to live as long as the stones are kept intact.
Saturday, August 5, 2017
3:00-5:00 pm
First Churches, 129 Main Street
Northampton, MA
The church is handicap accessible and on a bus line
Please enter on the Center Street side of the building

You can make a tax deductible contribution in one of two ways

1) Write a check to Creative Thought and Action (memo: CSL), and mail it to Climate Action Now's treasurer: Rene Theberge, 250 Shutesbury Road, Amherst, MA, 01002.

2) Donate online by going to
Please share far and wide with friends and family.
For more info and/or to help with this campaign contact Susan Theberge

Please include CSL in the subject line.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Reawakening on Turtle Island

   "I haven’t felt this good in years it seems. It’s like coming out of a fog that I’ve been lost in, returning to the familiar, coming back home..."

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Possible Manitou Stone (Griswold CT)

     When I asked James Finley if I could use this photo above, he sent me two more:

     James mentioned a nearby quarry - and asked a very good question: “There is a small quarry right at the bottom of the hill from where this stone is located. I'm sure most of the large stones used in and around the property came from this quarry. My question is, how could you tell if something was placed by Native Americans vs colonials given that this stone is directly along a road?”
   There’s no simple answer to the question –and, living in a home built about the time, all I can think of is more questions:
  Is that road a former Indian Trail?
    Is there more Indigenous Iconography in other stonework (such as the “wall” the stone seems incorporated into)?
  Looking at other photos, I wonder, how many times has an original stone wall been rebuilt or had stones added to?
    What else is there around there stone-wise, where does it lead to, what is enclosed?
    And I wonder about the house foundation: Is it quarried bricks and blocks, or is it like our house – serpents and turtles and a surprising number of rhomboidal stones??

    A link to the Historic Home (with more photos by James):

   (And  I took a few classes taught by a certain professor Jacobs whom I’m pretty sure was named for his relative Timothy Lester...)