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Victor in Ontario County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Hanuwane

Great Turtle Island

 
 
Hanuwane Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 26, 2018
1. Hanuwane Marker
Inscription.  Many versions of the Iroquois Creation Story exist.

It is set in a time when there existed two distinct worlds. Sky World was inhabited by spirit beings not unlike humans. At its center was a great tree whose fruits and flowers radiated blue light. Beneath this world, and unknown to it, was a boundless black sea populated by water creatures similar to those found on earth.

The story tells of the birth and life of Sky Woman who married Hogangeih, caretaker of the Sky World Tree. Upon learning of his wife's pregnancy, Hogangeih uprooted the tree. The woman slipped into the hole as she peered at the world beneath. As she fell, water fowl rose from the Great Black Sea to cushion her in midair and lower her safely to the back of the Great Turtle. Muskrat dove to the sea bottom for a pawful of earth. Placed on the back of Turtle, that earth grew and grew until it became Great Turtle Island, upon which we stand today.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Native Americans.
 
Location. 42° 57.785′ N, 77° 24.877′ W. Marker is in
Hanuwane Marker & Longhouse image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 26, 2018
2. Hanuwane Marker & Longhouse
Behind the visitor center.
Victor, New York, in Ontario County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Boughton Hill Road (County Route 41) and Victor Holcomb Road (New York State Route 444). Marker is at Ganondagan New York State Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Victor NY 14564, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Clearing (a few steps from this marker); Women's Rights (a few steps from this marker); Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); Wenishadenyoh (within shouting distance of this marker); Gahayanduk (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jikonhsaseh (about 400 feet away); Palisades (about 500 feet away); Gayanessha'gowa (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Victor.
 
Also see . . .  Ganondagan - NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. (Submitted on November 13, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 13, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 62 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 13, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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