Snake Mound Reconstruction

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.

Snake Mound May13
Snake Mound May 13, 2011
Snake Mound May 13
Snake Mound May 13, men set up camp
Snake Mound May13
Snake Mound May13 men set up camp
Snake Mound May13 2010
Snake Mound May13 2010 men set up camp
Camp at Snake Mound May 2011
Camp at Snake Mound May 2011
Illegal Bike Ramps leveled by Men May 2011
Illegal Bike Ramps leveled by Men May 2011
Red Ochre at Snake Mound May 2011
Red Ochre at Snake Mound May 2011
City Parks workers observing illegal bike ramp leveling May 2011
City Parks workers observing illegal bike ramp leveling May 2011
Thanks given to men for their hard work May 2011
Thanks given to men for their hard work May 2011
Anti Gary McHale Rally High Park May 2011
Anti Gary McHale Rally High Park May 2011
People moving logs into Place after May Anti McHale Rally
People moving logs into Place after May Anti McHale Rally
People moving logs after anti McHale Rally May 2011
People moving logs after anti McHale Rally May 2011
Snake Mound Planting of Corn, Beans & Squash
Snake Mound Planting of Corn, Beans & Squash
Snake Mound Reconstruction of Centre ( egg)
Snake Mound Reconstruction of Centre ( egg)
Snake Mound Reconstruction Hills of Corn, Beans & Squash
Snake Mound Reconstruction Hills of Corn, Beans & Squash

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

Friends of Snake Mound Beth McEwan from the parks board damages the work done to reconstruct Snake Mound

City Parks Workers Destroy Centre Circle of Snake Mound June 17, 2011
City Parks Workers Destroy Centre Circle of Snake Mound June 17, 2011
Centre of Snake Mound Destroyed by City Parks Workers, June 17, 2011
Centre of Snake Mound Destroyed by City Parks Workers, June 17, 2011
Centre of Snake Mound Destroyed by City Parks Workers, June 17, 2011
Centre of Snake Mound Destroyed by City Parks Workers, June 17, 2011

Sweetgrass and Sage Planting on June 18, 2011

Sweetgrass and Sage Planting June 18, 2011
Sweetgrass and Sage Planting June 18, 2011
Sweetgrass and sage planting June 18, 2011
Sweetgrass and sage planting 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.

Damage to tree by ritual vandalism June 17, 2011
Damage to tree by ritual vandalism June 17, 2011
Melted Black Candle Wax left by ritual vandalism June 17, 2011
Melted Black Candle Wax left by ritual vandalism June 17, 2011
message of undoing bad medicine to ritual vandalists, June 18, 2011
message of undoing bad medicine to ritual vandals, June 18, 2011
Chipmunk beaten to death by ritual vandalism June 17, 2011
Chipmunk beaten to death by ritual vandalism June 17, 2011
Squirrel Tail cut off by ritual vandalism June 17, 2011
Squirrel Tail cut off by ritual vandalism June 17, 2011
Squirrel Tail cut off by ritual vandalism June 17, 2011
Squirrel Tail cut off by ritual vandalism June 17, 2011

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!

Snake Mound Fence Cut South Entrance, June 10, 2011
Snake Mound Fence Cut South Entrance, June 10, 2011
Snake Mound Bike Tracks June 18, 2011
Snake Mound Bike Tracks June 18, 2011
Reconstructed Centre Circle, June 26, 2011
Reconstructed Centre Circle, June 26, 2011
Reconstructed Centre Circle, June 26, 2011
Reconstructed Centre Circle, June 26, 2011
Reconstructed Centre Circle, June 26, 2011
Reconstructed Centre Circle, June 26, 2011
Snake Mound Bike Tracks June 26, 2011
Snake Mound Bike Tracks June 26, 2011
Snake Mound Centre Circle still intact July 03, 2011
Snake Mound Centre Circle still intact July 03, 2011
Snake Mound Bike Tracks 7/03/2011
Snake Mound Bike Tracks 7/03/2011
Snake Mound Sweetgrass growth 7/03/2011
Snake Mound Sweetgrass growth 7/03/2011
Snake Mound Corn, Beans and Squash Growth
Snake Mound Corn, Beans and Squash Growth
Snake Mound Tobacco Growth, July 3, 2011
Snake Mound Tobacco Growth, July 3, 2011
Snake Mound New Fence Looking West, July 03, 2011
Snake Mound New Fence Looking West, July 03, 2011
Snake Mound Centre Circle still intact July 03, 2011
Snake Mound Centre Circle still intact July 03, 2011
Snake Mound Construction Fence run over by Bikers, July 03, 2011
Snake Mound Construction Fence run over by Bikers, July 03, 2011
Snake Mound Snow Fence removed South Half of site, July 03, 2011
Snake Mound Snow Fence removed South Half of site, July 03, 2011
Snake Mound New fence Looking South, July 03, 2011
Snake Mound New fence Looking South, July 03, 2011
Snake Mound New Fence & Sign July 10, 2011
Snake Mound New Fence & Sign July 10, 2011
Snake Mound New Fence looking North July 10, 2011
Snake Mound New Fence looking North July 10, 2011
Snake Mound New Fence Looking east July 10, 2011
Snake Mound New Fence Looking east July 10, 2011
Snake Mound New Fence Looking North July 10, 2011
Snake Mound New Fence Looking North July 10, 2011
Snake Mound New Fence Looking South July 10, 2011
Snake Mound New Fence Looking South July 10, 2011

** 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.

Snake Mound Plate July 10, 2011
Snake Mound Plate July 10, 2011
Snake Mound Mica July 10, 2011
Snake Mound Mica July 10, 2011
Snake Mound White Clay July 10, 2011
Snake Mound White Clay July 10, 2011
Snake Mound Yellow Ochre July 10, 2011
Snake Mound Yellow Ochre July 10, 2011

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 ochreOchre 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.

Fall at Snake Mound Oct.09, 2011
Fall at Snake Mound Oct.09, 2011
Sweetgrass growth at Snake Mound Oct 09, 2011
Sweetgrass growth at Snake Mound Oct 09, 2011
Snake Mound Old Diagram
Snake Mound Old Diagram
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