Snake Mound Reconstruction was started on May 13, 2011, with the help of Taiaiako’n Historical Preservation Society, Friends of Snake Mound, people from Native Canadian Centre, High Park and Junction Area residents, Students and Staff of SEE School . Niawen gowa everyone for your all of efforts in helping this to be made possible.
And then City Parks Workers destroy Centre of Snake Mound without consulting us first on June 17, 2011. Friends of Snake Mound Letters of Support
Sweetgrass and Sage Planting on June 18, 2011
And then sadness occurred at the Snake Mound during the night, when a group of sick people gathered and held an occult ritual at the Mound, damaging the green ash tree, leaving the traces of their evil deeds behind. They also practiced animal cruelty by beating a chipmunk to death, singing its tail, and cutting off two black squirrel tails.
Sadness on June 18, 2011 when we found the dead chipmunk, squirrel tails, and tree damaged… On Sunday, June 26, 2011 we took our own action and re-constructed the inner circle, replanted a sweetgrass plant that had been pulled up by the bmxers and we also placed protection around the site with some of our medicines and sealed the wounds on the tree in the centre of circle. We repaired the cuts in the fence for the 5th time, as bmxers had been still riding on the site as we found their traces of tire tracks on both Saturday , June 18 & Sunday, June 26, 2011. Today, June 28, 2011 it was verified by one of our site monitors, that the city was installing the new permanent fence . Pictures to follow after the weekend of the new fence.
Contrary to what others are saying, this is only the beginning, as our work to preserve and protect the sacred sites in High Park is no where near finished. We are also glad that Blu has confirmed that she is with us and still supporting the work of THPS in preserving and protecting the sacred sites in High Park. She has been a great help with her support and efforts to involve as many people as possible. Niawen gowa Blu and everyone!
** Mica , White Clay, Yellow Ochre, Red Ochre, and the Mound Plate with the Snake Mound carved in a pyramid like stone w/quartz all found along the new fence row on Sunday, July 10, 2011. More burial chambers have been located at Snake Mound. It’s apparent that the construction of the new fence has weakened the burial chambers because of much soil disturbance and loosening of the soil. In some areas the posts may have been driven right into the burial chambers. This will need further verification by non-intrusive testing, which will verify the presence of the burial chambers.
Ochre is often associated with human burials. Similar terms for ochre seen in scholarly records are ferrous oxide or iron oxide, limonite, hematite, red ochre and yellow ochre. Ochre comes in a variety of colors, from brown to red to yellow; and interestingly enough, it does change color under circumstances. Red ochre is associated with sesquioxide of iron (i.e., it forms in areas where the soil is well-drained), while the yellow ochre (called limonite or goethite) is hydrated iron oxide (i.e., where iron was allowed to freely combine with water). Yellow or brown ochre can turn to red as the mineral picks up water and converts to hematite. Ochre is very common on archaeological sites world-wide, and it is generally assumed to be a coloring agent. Often associated with religious ceremonies and burials.
* Please note the Clanmothers who have visited the site on July 3, 2011, feel that the new fence is not high enough to keep the bmxers out of the site. The new fence is only 4 ft high and the site can still be easily accessed.