The Reappearance of the Circle in the River

By Buffy Aakaash

Years ago, when a group of people began looking for land that would become the Blue Deer Center, this place by this river called Saskawhihiwine called to them through its history. For it was said to be a powerful place of healing where the old peoples gathered to settle differences. The story goes that a great shaman was called upon to settle a severe rift between tribes in the area. He set out on a journey to ask the gods for help in what at the time seemed like a nearly impossible task. As we have retold the story,

After consulting the nearby forests, streams, and mountains, Tesakwanachee entered the valley to the West, looking for a sign that he had reached a special place of peace-making. In the stream called Saskawhihiwine he found the sign: a perfect circle in the water. He claimed the place as neutral territory in the Onondaga tradition. A council fire was built, the dispute was settled, war was averted. The people returned to hunting and gathering their food.”

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