Respecting Native Burial Mounds

Respecting Native Burial Mounds

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Native Americans have spent the last few weeks walking across the San Francisco Bay Area visiting burials mounds. They are participating in the “Sacred Site Shellmound Peace Walk”. They walk to raise awareness of the sacred burial grounds all around the Bay Area which have been forgotten.

The walk began November 7th in Vallejo and will continue through November 25th. The participants walk an average of 15-20 miles a day. The group is comprised of Native American leaders and Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhists.

They go from burial mound to burial mound to pay their respects. Many Native American burial sites have built upon. There are about 475 mounds in the Bay Area and outlying regions. By raising awareness of the sacredness of the sites, the group hopes to protect those sites which still exist. Many of these sites are 5,000 years old and are an integral part of Native American culture. They also hope to move the bodies still in mounds which have already been built over.

So few Native American sites exist in the Bay Area. Burial mounds are some of the few sites still around that can be preserved.

For more information about the walks, go to this page: Sacred Site/Shellmound Peace Walk

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