Powersource Native American Guide - TEXAS

TEXAS - The Lone Star State

A little over an hour out of Austin, Texas, stands the quaint little town of Fredericksburg, known for its rich Germanic history. A few miles from town, on the road to Llano, almost hidden from the casual traveler is a very unusual pass with the legendary, Enchanted Rock. There among the Texas mesquite trees, next to a winding, pebbled lined stream, rises a mammoth rock. Local historian, Ira Kennedy publisher of "The Enchanted Rock" magazine recounts the stories gathered from different tribes who came to the sacred place to offer prayers and offerings to the Great Spirit. One legend tells of an Indian Chief who called all the members of his tribe to the rock in hopes of reuniting his people who had split into factions as a result of a disagreement among the warriors. As the circle fires burned below, the Chief's daughter climbed to the top of the rock. It is believed that she was pushed from the rock, and fell to her death. Many have reported seeing unexplained council fires at night at the rock. Many report that the rock seems to "groan" in the darkness.

In the Native American tradition as well as in many other aboriginal cultures, the "rock people" are considered the wisdom keepers. Chief Standing Bear, a Lakota Plains Indian, explains in his book, "Land of the Spotted Eagle." "The old people came to love the soil, and they sat and reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to a mothering power. It was good for the skin to touch the earth, and the old people liked to remove their moccasins and walk with their bare feet on the sacred earth. Their tipis were built on the earth, and their altars were made of earth. The birds that flew in the air came to rest upon the earth, and it was the final resting place of all things that lived and grew. For him, to sit or lie upon the ground is to be able to think more deeply into the mysteries of life. He knew that man's heart away from nature became hard; he knew that a lack of respect of living things soon led to a lack of respect for humans too."

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