Monday, December 16, 2013

Rhomboidal Stone on White Deer Rocks Road

I had posted about a Rhomboidal sort of stone or two here:
       Then I just happened upon another from a series of photos taken around March 2010 from one of my Grandmother's favorite places to drive along a dirt road with one of the best names for a road around here, White Deer Rocks Road. There's a local legend about a herd of Sacred White Deer, never hunted by the Indigenous People, that lived in the area that lends the name to the road - which I've heard from many people but have never seen written down anywhere (that I can remember right now, although Cothren mentions the white deer that hid by the rocks and sneaked over to the lake nearby to drink water).
A similar legend does pop up here and there across Turtle Island, always saying never shoot a white deer, and is even captured in an illustration or two like the one above from Wigwam Evenings; Sioux Folk Tales Retold by Charles Alexander Eastman and Elaine Goodale Eastman {}
Sometimes you will see a Ceremony Exception to the hunting ban, such as this Hoopa White Deerskin Dance pictured below:
from the group found at:
Along the "Redwood Highway" White Deerskin Dance, Klamath, Cal. (University of California)
I used an image of a possible white deer's head stone from this area not too long ago here:

Timber and stone walls were long ago harvested from along White Deer Rocks Road, but I did stop at a place where I thought I saw some hint of stone rows across an outcrop, one of those wilder "can't be quite sure" spots where it's difficult to tell what's natural and what's human enhanced: 
If you open up that photo in it's own window or tab, you just might spot a possible bird effigy, but that Rhomboidal Stone stands out on the right hand side:

You could call it a small perched rhomboidal stone...

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