“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Chivington in Kiowa County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Sacred Memory

Sacred Memory Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, August 30, 2021
1. Sacred Memory Marker
Inscription.   Sacred Memory
Sand Creek is a place where culture and history are at the center of controversy, trauma, anger, and forgiveness. A place to reflect on the past as well as the future, the Sand Creek Massacre teaches powerful lessons about sacrifices and hardships endured by all of our ancestors.

We remember places of unspeakable horror in many ways. The site of the massacre, for descendants in particular, is honored in private and public ceremonies. Spiritual remembrance is deeply embedded in prayer, offerings, and song.

For many, their emotions about the massacre intensify with the knowledge that the majority of people in the village were women, children, and elderly. As many as 375 females may have been present during the massacre. Imagery of women and children - their panic, flight and suffering is overwhelming.

Today, Sand Creek is a place of healing, where spirits of those killed continue to be a part of the living landscape. A place where all people can gather to learn about the past, reflect on the present, and work together to prevent such tragedies in the future.
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Both a 33-Star U.S. Flag and a White Flag of Truce were held aloft by Cheyenne Chief Black Kettle on the moming of November 29, 1864.
White Sage is used in healing ceremonies.

Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansWars, US Indian. A significant historical date for this entry is November 29, 1864.
Location. 38° 32.98′ N, 102° 30.69′ W. Marker is near Chivington, Colorado, in Kiowa County. Memorial can be reached from County Highway W east of Chief White Antelope Way. Located on Monument Hill. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Eads CO 81036, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Chief’s Village (a few steps from this marker); Cheyenne and Arapaho Village at Sand Creek (within shouting distance of this marker); Returned to Sand Creek (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dawn November 29, 1864 (about 400 feet away); Fort Lyon Reservation (approx. ¼ mile away); Sand Creek as Camp Site (approx. ¼ mile away); Troops Approach the Village (approx. 0.4 miles away); Attack and Pursuit (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chivington.
Sacred Memory Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, August 30, 2021
2. Sacred Memory Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 5, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 109 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 5, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 28, 2023