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Sawyer County 250 lb Axe

On the Lac du Flambeau reservation, located in the lake near the village, is a huge medicine rock upon which tobacco offerings are still made on occasions by pagan Chippewa Indians. There is now on exhibition in the State Historical museum a spirit rock of the Lac Courte Oreilles Chippewa band. This rock widely known to these Indians as “The Pipe of the
manitou,” is of granite and weighs about 250 pounds. In form it exactly
resembles a huge stone axe. It formerly stood on the projecting point of
a ridge at the head of Lake Chetac, overlooking a tract of still wild and un
broken country. It was the most highly regarded spirit rock of the Chi
ppewas and has been held in idolatrous regard by them from time immemori
al.

The Baraboo news. [volume], November 12, 1908, Image 5


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