Interpretive panels throughout the garden will describe the spirtual meanings of the four cardinal directions along with their representative spirit animals and sacred plants. The ceremonial use of tobacco, sage, sweetgrass, and cedar will be included.
The outer circle, a dry-stacked rock, raised garden, will hold many herbs that have been used by various tribes for medicinal puposes as well as for food preparation.
Future segments of the overall project may include a typical Indian garden, tipi, sweat lodge, and possibly a totem pole. While the Medicine Wheel is from the culture of the northern plains tribes, other American native exhibits will represent cultures of other tribes from throughout the nation. See a map of these here.
Harvest Girl, the last of the cedar carvings, was set in place December 23, 2012.
Eagle Has Landed - Spirit animal of the East - and the White Buffalo - Spirit animal of the North
Coyote - Spirit animal of the South & Bear - Spirit animal of the West in their new home.
December goal - lay the crushed stone pathways and rock mulch.
Target completion date is spring equinox, 7:02 A.M. (EDT) on March 20, 2013
Far from forming a single ethnic group, Native Americans were divided into several hundred cultural and language groups.
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