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Tahoe City in Placer County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Sacred Lake

 
 
The Sacred Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
1. The Sacred Lake Marker
Inscription. Lake Tahoe is sacred to the Wa-she-shu or Washoe people.

Each spring family groups gathered at Da-ow-‘ah-ga or Lake Tahoe’s shore and offered blessings. Countless generations of children were taught by each family’s leader that their responsibilities included attitudes of respect, rededication, and thanksgiving.

Blessings given at Outlet Point reinforced the Truckee River’s role in providing life downstream. Each blessing was spontaneous and acknowledged the life renewing quality of the streams entering the lake and the lake itself.

A Welcome Blessing
-by JoAnne Martinez, August 13, 2002

“Heavenly Father [Washoe word], hear my prayer this morning.

As we do and have done in the past, bless this water and this beautiful place where our people came to bless the lake. Continue to bless the streams that come into the lake.

We know the work they do – not just at the lake, but for all people who travel to see the lake.

We ask for the blessings of this lake to continue. May you never dry up or cease to flow or cause suffering downstream to the plants and animals and the fish. All things we look to for survival and well being are fed by this water.

Our strength flows from the mountains like the life-giving water that feeds
The Sacred Lake is Located on the Right image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
2. The Sacred Lake is Located on the Right
the lake and past discouragement and disappointments disappear. Thank you for the blessings of the past and for their continuance.

We ask that visitors will continue to meditate in this beautiful site and that they will hear the river’s song renewing their spirit as it flows to renew life below.

Hear my prayer this day, Father [Washoe word].”

 
Erected by North Lake Tahoe Historical Society.
 
Location. 39° 9.99′ N, 120° 8.636′ W. Marker is in Tahoe City, California, in Placer County. Marker can be reached from West Lake Boulevard (State Highway 89) near State Highway 26. Click for map. Marker is located at the Lake Tahoe Outlet Gates near the Gatekeeper's Cabin Museum at William B. Layton Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 130 West Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City CA 96145, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Safe Harbor (here, next to this marker); The Gatekeeper’s Cabin and Museum (a few steps from this marker); William B. Layton Park (a few steps from this marker); Lake Tahoe Outlet Works and Gatekeepers Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Duane Leroy Bliss
Lake Tahoe and the Truckee River Outlet image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
3. Lake Tahoe and the Truckee River Outlet
(within shouting distance of this marker); Tahoe City's Constables (approx. ¼ mile away); Grand Central Hotel (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Watson Cabin (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tahoe City.
 
Categories. Native Americans
 
The Truckee River Flowing From Lake Tahoe image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 14, 2010
4. The Truckee River Flowing From Lake Tahoe
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 608 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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