Next meeting Tuesday May 5, 2015
7pm at OMSI
Special guest lecturer Dr. Lawrence Loendorf
“Medicine Wheels and Buffalo Caves: Where They Went Down by the Will of the Sun”
Among Plains Indians, there was a general belief that animals, including the buffalo, had homes under the ground. The entrances to these homes were through caves or cracks in the rocky outcrops. As with animals that hibernate, the buffalo were thought to spend much of the winter in their chambers beneath the earth. With this belief, Plains Indians practiced a variety of calling ceremonies to encourage the buffalo to come out of their homes. In recent years archaeologists have discovered that a variety of features including “medicine wheels”, “buffalo caves” and rock paintings are associated with the sun and buffalo.
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