Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ceremonial Stone Landscapes - National Park Services

Doug Harris: "I would ask that those of you who have ceremonial stones of this sort in your region, persevere. Use the National Historic Preservation Act. It is a great tool and in some instances, a wonderful weapon. I would also like to acknowledge Robert Thrower the chairman of the Cultural and Heritage Committee of the United South Eastern Tribes. Robert is the THPO for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and recently they went into an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to examine ceremonial stone landscapes on Forest Service land. I was honored to joined them down at the Talladega National Forest in Alabama at the tail end of the Appalachian range. We found ceremonial stones in many ways like the ones that we have here and in many ways quite different. The Creek were doing what we were doing, but they were doing it in a different way.
We also know that the Yurok in Northern California had a ceremonial stone tradition. We know that in the National Forest Service areas, Arkansas in Washoe National Forest there are ceremonial stones. This we believe to be a part of the ancient tradition that was shared from the Atlantic to the Pacific by the ancient tribal people..."

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