Monday, August 8, 2011

Native American Sacred Stone Sites Photographed in Indiana

    Native American Sacred Stone Sites in Wabash County, Indiana   

A series of prehistoric sacred stones bowls cut into rock and boulders have been discovered in the upper Wabash drainage that includes the Missisinewa River.  The sacred nature of the stones is revealed by the existence of a spring next to one of the bowls. Springs are evident at many mound and earthwork sites and are evidence of Earth Mother worship.
      Iroquois bands inhabited this region for thousands of years with many of their burial mounds still evident in this part of the state. But only in this isolated region of the upper Wabash were stone bowls carved in to rock and boulders.  This may be evidence of the Iroquois tribe of the Oneidas, whom according to Wikepedia, 
     "The name Oneida is the English mispronunciation of Onyota'a:kaOnyota'a:ka means "People of the Standing Stone". The identity of the People of the Standing Stone is based on a legend in which the Oneida people were being pursued on foot by an enemy tribe. The Oneida people were chased into a clearing within the woodlands and suddenly disappeared. The enemy of the Oneida could not find them and so it was said that these people had turned themselves into stones that stood in the clearing. As a result, they became known as the People of the Standing Stone."


               This is the stone bowl on the Mississinewa River that is adjacent to a spring


Another stone bowl is part of series of boulders that are next to a oblong subterranean stone enclosure also located on the Mississsinewa River. The boulder with the bowl is the white colored stone. This is the only stone enclosure in norther Indiana or Ohio. The purpose for the stone work surrounding a four foot hole is a mystery
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Huge boul
der in the Wabash River with a bowl carved in the top.  This photo was taken December 23 and as the sun rose over the riverbank it was in alignment with the boulder itself that shows some scarring that may have been due to it being carved in this shape.


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