A Special Place On This Planet
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 43° 42.192 W 121° 14.187
10T E 642095 N 4840419
Sign on the Big Obsidian Flow Trail
Waymark Code: WM4197
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 06/22/2008
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
Views: 12

This sign is located at the highest viewpoint on the Big Obsidian Flow Trail.

Marker Name: A Special Place On This Planet
Marker Text: Where people lived near obsidian, their lives and cultures were transformed. They used and celebrated the glassy gift of volcanoes to manufacture tools, weapons, jewelry, sculptures, and ceremonial objects. To ancient Central American people, the importance of obsidian for their economies was similar to that of steel for the economies of modern industrial nations.
Obsidian is rare and found in only a few places around the world.
Obsidian and mythology, were powerfully linked. In ancient Mexico, the gentle Aztec god Ixtlilton or “Little Black One” emanated from this obsidian mask which brought darkness and peaceful sleep to children in their beds.
As you come to know a little piece of the planet, even the tiniest rock can become very special to you.

Historic Topic: Native American

Group Responsible for placement: Forest Service

Marker Type: Trail

Region: Central Oregon

County: Deschutes

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

Web link to additional information: Not listed

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