Site #10: Bird Mound #2

© Photographed July 19, 2015
Whitewater, Jefferson County, Wisconsin
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Site #10: Bird Mound #2
This effigy mound is more commonly called by Native Americans the Eagle or Thunderbird Mound. The Eagle is the most powerful and largest raptor or carnivorous bird in the area. The Eagle is considered the eyes of the Great Spirit. It is a welcome presence in Native American gatherings.

One story told is how the Eagle saved the people from themselves. The Great Spirit wasn't happy with the people. They were acting in ways that weren't respectful to Him or other people and animals around them. He was so angry that He was going to do away with the people for their behavior. But the people were spared by the actions of the Eagle. The Eagle stood up in front of the Great Spirit and told Him of people who were respectful and honoring the old ways. The Great Spirit commanded the Eagle to fly around the world in the light just before dawn to find someone who is honoring the Great Spirit and the Old ways, and if the Eagle found some, the Great Spirit would allow the sun to rise. This is one reason at Native American Gatherings they perform a sunrise ceremony.

These stories were passed on to generations of children. The mounds have been a place to bury, join clans, give directions and educate.

In 1920, the Bird Mound was:
Body- 37', Head- 23', R Wing- 94', L Wing- (damaged) 50'. In 1989,  Head to Tail- 57', L Wing- 82', R Wing- ? cut off
[NOTE: This marker transcribed exactly as written, without correcting errors in grammar, use of articles, use of pronouns, and just plain awful writing.]

The marker is located at Whitewater Effigy Mounds Preserve and is accessible from southbound South Indian Mound Parkway, south of its intersection with Old Highway 12 and at its T-intersection with Wildwood Road, at or near 288 South Indian Mound Parkway, Whitewater, Wisconsin 53190.

The Whitewater Effigy Mounds Preserve is listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Wisconsin.

Follow this path to the effigy mounds and markers.

The entrance to Whitewater Effigy Mounds Preserve.

The marker is located at the Whitewater Effigy Mounds Preserve.

The preserve is located inside the residential community
of Mound Park Acres in Whitewater, Wisconsin.

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