Spirit Mound in Fog by Dawne Olson

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North of Vermillion, SD a dreamy fog settles in around the base of Spirit Mound. Winter 2010

From the journal of Clark on the Native American legend surrounding this site:

“. . and by the different nations of Indians in this quarter is Suppose to be the residence of Deavels. That they are in human form with remarkable large heads, and about 18 inches high, that they are very watchful and are arm’d with Sharp arrows with which they Can Kill at a great distance; they are Said to kill all persons who are So hardy as to attempt to approach the hill; they state that tradition informs them that many Indians have Suffered by these little people.So much do the Maha [Omaha], Soues [Sioux], Ottoes [Otoes] and other neighboring nations believe this fable, that no Consideration is Sufficient to induce them to approach the hill. One evidence which the Inds give for believing this place to be the residence of some unusial Spirits is that they frequently discover a large assemblage of Birds about this mound . . . "

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Comments

  • Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)
    Gina Ruttle (...about 4 years ago

    First of all, this is a beautiful image, so dreamy and soft in its palette. Secondly, the information about the Deavels is fascinating. In the high Arctic I know people who believe in the Little People, in this case benign small beings in human shape that assist people in need, as long as humans respect the little people. One Inupiat artist I have spoken with incorporates Little People into his carved art. It’s fascinating. Thank you for posting this beautiful work with your terrific description.

  • Dawne Olson
    Dawne Olsonabout 4 years ago

    Thanks Gina, It is an interesting site and history. Information came from this website but I can’t remember how to make a link in my description….Spirit Mound

  • Dawne Olson
    Dawne Olsonabout 4 years ago

    (I just figured it out! ha ha)

  • Dawne Olson
    Dawne Olsonabout 4 years ago

  • Yool
    Yoolabout 4 years ago

    Superb panorama….wow!!!!!!!

  • Thanks so much!

    – Dawne Olson

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyabout 4 years ago

    What a peaceful zen landscape! Fantastic composition of this panoramic view!

  • DesImages
    DesImagesabout 4 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful! The colours are so soft and add to the atmosphere.

  • DryFlyPhoto
    DryFlyPhotoabout 4 years ago


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