Devils Tower Local Customs

  • Prayer Bundles Sign
    Prayer Bundles Sign
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  • Lakota Tribe Message to Visitors
    Lakota Tribe Message to Visitors
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  • Lakota Tribe Teepee
    Lakota Tribe Teepee
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    Lakota Prayer Bundles

    by atufft Written Sep 1, 2013

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    Prayer Bundles Sign
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    Similar to a fetish, the Lakota tribe has special respect for the tower and leave wrapped fabric and other items near its base. The spiritual significance is something the National Park Service appreciates and supports.

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Religious Travel

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    Sacred Site for Native Americans

    by Rabbityama Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Devil's Tower is a sacred site for Native Americans! There are many stories about Devil's Tower. I heard the Crow Tribe's version:

    Two girls were out one day when a large bear spotted them and wanted to eat them. The girls ran to a high mountain to escape the bear, but the bear could still reach them. The gods saw the girls and helped them by raising the mountain out of the bear's reach. The bear tried to get the girls, but he only scratched the mountain. He continued trying to reach them, but he accidentally fell backwards and died. The girls were saved and are still there today!

    For other stories, see the website!

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    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture

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    Indians were first. Respect the Native Cultures

    by mrclay2000 Updated Dec 21, 2003

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    There are prayer beads and bundles near the monument. Don't touch these please. Respect the Native Cultures. Not only is tampering with these beads or bundles a show of disrespect, it's also a violation of federal law. The monument itself is of deep spiritual importance to the local tribes.

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  • The culture of the old west is...

    by Pine_Haven Written Aug 26, 2002

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    The culture of the old west is still very much alive here and you don't need to get dressed up (suits and ties are out) and Devils Tower National Monument is a sacred site to the American Indians, you will see prayer offerings (bundles and cloths) at different locations in the park. Please do not touch or take the items.

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