Friday, October 28, 2011

sacred places

Granite spires in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

   "The land has multiple cultural interpretations and creates competing orientations about the use and value of land. Since moving onto reservations most Native American communities have lost direct control over many of the sacred places within their community history and teachings. Holy or special places are vulnerable to non-Indian forces, which do not know about the meaning and purpose of the places and often destroy the sites for economic purposes..."

Old Woman Mountains Preserve
(above, what I'm guessing is the Old Woman; below, stones perhaps moved by human hands amid natural formations)

Native American Land Conservancy

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