I’ve had a couple of posts on hag stones over time, and to reiterate right here, a “hag stone” is a rock that has a gap in it and is believed to present individuals the power to look right into a mystical or fantasy world. These stones have been discovered around the globe and are thought of by a number of cultures to be a protecting amulet when held on a twine.
The next pair of hag stones had been shared with me by Candace in Oklahoma, who explains that she discovered them “… at Hugo Lake, on the north aspect of the Sawyer Dam.”
It is perhaps fascinating to notice that Hugo Lake is a man-made lake positioned 7 miles east of Hugo, in Choctaw County, which was as soon as Choctaw Nation in Indian Territory. For these not aware of “Indian Territory,” it’s a time period that describes an evolving land space put aside by the US Authorities within the 1800s for the relocation of Native Individuals that had been forcibly faraway from east of the Mississippi River. I suppose I’m needing my very own historical past lesson refresher course, as I didn’t notice that Oklahoma didn’t change into a state till 1907. The Indian Territory was arrange by the US authorities coverage often called “The Indian Removal Act,” which approved the elimination of Native tribes, and was signed by Andrew Jackson in 1830. Though Jackson signed it into legislation, it was enforced primarily in the course of the Martin Van Buren administration. Over time this Indian Removing Act triggered roughly 60,000 members of the Cherokee, Muscogee (Creek), Seminole, Chickasaw, and Choctaw nations to be forcibly faraway from their ancestral homelands, with 1000’s dying in the course of the Trail of Tears.
Perhaps I’m going off on a tangent right here with the historical past lesson, however along with the outline of hag stones as being mystical and protecting artifacts, there’s additionally ideas on the market that they had been more-simply used as fishing weights by Native American Indians. So the proximity of those hag stones being discovered at a lake within the former Choctaw Nation may tie in to that concept. However as I all the time state in these rock artwork posts, I’m not a rock artwork professional myself, however moderately I simply share the photographs and tales despatched to me by readers of the Artsology Weblog. So if anybody on the market desires so as to add to my historic rationalization or share some perception on hag stones, please accomplish that within the feedback part under.