This is about rock piles and stone mound sites in New England. A balance is needed between keeping them secret and making them public. Also arrowheads, stone tools and other surface archaeology.
This provides an example of modern Native Americans knowing little about the rock piles in their own homeland. So, how long a time-span does their oral history cover? Not enough to remember the building of these piles. Also, I am a little worried about where they got the rocks to make this turtle.
Peter, what are you talking about? These people are from Manitoba. Manitou Api is a well-known sacred site, with ancient petroforms. The First Nation depicted in the photograph even built a huge cultural center -- a wooden building called The Turtle Lodge -- in the shape of a turtle. These are people who own those petroforms. Their ancestors built them. I highly doubt they dismantled them -- but even if they did, isn't that their right?
Maybe I am wrong. I thought the Indians at Whiteshell said that they do not remember who originally made the rock piles.
Yeah, that's pretty much been the standard answer across the board for generations now.
There is evidence the New England Indians were (and are?) being deliberately deceptive. That does not seem to be true in Ontario. Am I splitting hairs? The question is, which Indians still know something about the function of rock piles?
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