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Ancient Stone Monument to Napi Discovered on Canadian Prairies [Blackfoot]
Heritage Key ^ | Thursday, July 28, 2010 | owenjarus

Posted on 08/01/2010 7:01:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

A stone effigy monument, in the shape of a Blackfoot creator god named Napi, has been discovered in southern Alberta -- south of the Red Deer River near the hamlet of Finnegan.

The Blackfoot are a people that have inhabited the prairies since ancient times. The effigy dates to somewhere between AD 1000 and AD 1500. It would have been constructed before the time of European contact.

Napi is a deity credited with creating the Blackfoot people and the landscape they inhabit. "According to Blackfoot tradition he's like the creator," said archaeologist Meaghan Porter, who investigated the site.

She said that the image is "made out of rocks and it's in the outline of a man -- it has arms and a torso, head and legs as well as genitalia." It's roughly five meters by five meters long. The rocks are about the size of a fist, they have a mix of black, grey and tan colours. Porter doesn't think these colours were chosen deliberately "I think that's just the rocks that were available," she said.

Some of the rocks have been fire-broken...

Only nine stone effigies like this have been documented in all of Alberta...

Archaeologists have found other sites near the area. One of them is a camp, located about one kilometre away, which is about 400 meters by 400 meters in size. Archaeologists found bone remains, hearths, more fire broken rock and even obsidian -- material that comes from a volcano.

(Excerpt) Read more at heritage-key.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: alberta; blackfootcreatorgod; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; napi

1 posted on 08/01/2010 7:01:26 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 08/01/2010 7:02:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: SunkenCiv

I’m fascinated by the creation stories of the various Native American tribes.


3 posted on 08/01/2010 7:07:55 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SunkenCiv

“...as well as genitalia.” It’s roughly five meters by five meters long.”

Wow.


4 posted on 08/01/2010 7:18:13 PM PDT by pappyone (New to Freep, still working a tag line.)
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To: All
The effigy dates to somewhere between AD 1000 and AD 1500.

The year fifteen hundred (1500 AD) is only about 500 years ago. The Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria reached the Americas in 1492. The article itself states that the glyph may have been created after the Europeans (not including the Vikings) reached the Americas and is not really that old in terms of archeological finds, imo.


5 posted on 08/01/2010 7:19:03 PM PDT by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: SunkenCiv

The first “Blackfoot” I met was a young Frenchman who’s family had owned a vinyard in Algiers, before Charles de Gaulle turned it back to the Arabs. They were called “blackfeet” because they were paramilitary and wore black combat boots (and carried weapons as well as implements).

He stayed with my family for about 6 weeks one summer as an exchange student. From there he wound up in Australia.

He and his family were bitter of how they lost their vinyards, they received little compensation and it was years before it happened.


6 posted on 08/01/2010 7:25:19 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: Clive

Ping-eh


7 posted on 08/01/2010 7:27:14 PM PDT by kanawa (Obama - "It's going to take a while for us to dig ourselves out of this hole.'')
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To: SunkenCiv
"A stone effigy monument"

I don't see any of the three.

8 posted on 08/01/2010 7:29:54 PM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: pappyone

Judging from the diagram the dude does have some big stones.


9 posted on 08/01/2010 7:30:38 PM PDT by TigersEye (Greenhouse Theory is false. Totally debunked. "GH gases" is a non-sequitur.)
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To: Texas Fossil

Thanks TF.


10 posted on 08/01/2010 7:36:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: Deaf Smith

It must be like those 3d posters of about ten years ago.


11 posted on 08/01/2010 7:36:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: pappyone

Treehorn: People forget that the brain is the biggest erogenous zone—

Dude: On you, maybe.


12 posted on 08/01/2010 7:37:35 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: SunkenCiv

Napi?

Napolitano?


13 posted on 08/01/2010 7:43:19 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: cripplecreek

Nope. Stevie Wonder, Napi headed boy


14 posted on 08/01/2010 7:46:13 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 554 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: SunkenCiv

15 posted on 08/01/2010 8:03:54 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

Cool pictogram.


16 posted on 08/01/2010 8:12:53 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: pappyone

“five meters long”

They called this god `Tripod’.


17 posted on 08/01/2010 8:14:42 PM PDT by tumblindice (.)
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To: SunkenCiv

This looks way to random to be meaningful. They may as well look for angels on the plains of Kansas.


18 posted on 08/01/2010 8:15:21 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: SunkenCiv

The Blackfeet were tough bastards. They held off the Lakota, Crow and other tribes from their lands, and were the tribe most feared by the Mountain Men.


19 posted on 08/01/2010 8:44:32 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: PzLdr

The Blackfeet were tough bastards. They held off the Lakota, Crow and other tribes from their lands, and were the tribe most feared by the Mountain Men.

***********

They must have been tough indeed, to turn back a series of rivals like those.


20 posted on 08/01/2010 9:28:26 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die. - Samuel Adams)
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To: pappyone

Gee whiz, that means only Paris Hilton could accommodate it.


21 posted on 08/02/2010 1:17:00 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: SunkenCiv

Interesting. My husband’s great grandmother was Blackfoot. Thanks for this.


22 posted on 08/03/2010 9:14:32 AM PDT by Melian ( God is even kinder than you think. ~St. Teresa)
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To: Melian

It was my pleasure. I hope I look that good when I’m that age.


23 posted on 08/03/2010 5:42:31 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: JoeProBono

Thanks JPB, and where have you been? Seems like I’d not seen a ping in a long while.


24 posted on 08/03/2010 5:44:55 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: higgmeister

Actually, I think it’s best to look in Montgomery.


25 posted on 08/03/2010 5:45:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: PzLdr

Only the strong survived. :’)


26 posted on 08/03/2010 5:46:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: null and void; cripplecreek

Careful, something like that got Don Imus fired. ;’)


27 posted on 08/03/2010 5:47:33 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: JoeProBono

I feel like that big dude...with the target on him.


28 posted on 08/03/2010 5:54:49 PM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: SunkenCiv
Actually, I think it’s best to look in Montgomery.

That went right over my head.

29 posted on 08/03/2010 6:07:28 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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