Why the confrontation between “land is sacred” with “manifest destiny” might best be understood as a religious conflict of competing cosmologies
Using the following links as suggestive leads, learn more about Wyoming’s Sacred Lands by focusing on three sites found in Northwest Wyoming: Bear’s Den, Medicine Wheel, and Medicine Lodge. Choose at least one of the sites, conduct additional research if needed, and compose a thoughtful discussion post.
Contemplate why the confrontation between “land is sacred” with “manifest destiny” might best be understood as a religious conflict of competing cosmologies. If so, does that mean that “property”–the Western designation of land as a commodity that can be owned–is sacred to the cosmology of the conquering, settler traditions?
1. Bear’s Den/ Bear’s Lodge/ Bear’s Tipi/ A.K.A. Devil’s Tower
“Sacred Claims” by Daniel Kraker ( http://www.hcn.org/servlets/hcn.Article?article_id=15907 )
Paul Chaat Smith, “How do you define sacred?” (http://www.hcn.org/servlets/hcn.Article?article_id=3427 ).
2. Medicine Wheel
3. Medicine Lodge
They tend to treat this site largely in terms of tourism rather than sacred lands issues. At what point does the tourism of one people become a kind of religious pilgrimage and what is the draw to the Indigenous rock art and historical presence–at what point does the attraction suggest a hunger by the dominant culture to be near the sacred places of the Indigenous people?