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The Native Legend of Presque Isle: “Sheltering Arm of the Great Spirit”

 
 
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By Devry Jones, April 13, 2018
1. The Native Legend of Presque Isle: "Sheltering Arm of the Great Spirit" Marker
Inscription. It is said that Manitou, the Great Spirit, led his favorite children, the Erie tribe, to the shores of this great inland sea where they fished its waters, hunted, and tilled the field.

As the Eries ventured into the lake to find the place where the sun sank into the water, the spirits of the lake, angered at their boldness, caused a great storm to rise.

The Great Spirit, hearing the Eries' cries for help, stretched out his great left arm into the lake to protect his favorite children from the crashing waves. Behind this sheltering arm, the Eries paddled their canoes to safety.

Where the arm of the Great Spirit had lain in the lake, a great sand bar in the shape of an arm was formed to act for all ages as a shelter and harbor for the Great Spirit's favorite children, the Eries.
 
Location. 42° 8.646′ N, 80° 3.741′ W. Marker is in Erie, Pennsylvania, in Erie County. Marker can be reached from Lakefront Drive east of Lighthouse Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1200 Lakefront Drive, Erie PA 16507, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The North Pier Head Light (here, next to this marker); Erie Land Lighthouse Keepers
The Native Legend of Presque Isle: "Sheltering Arm of the Great Spirit" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, April 13, 2018
2. The Native Legend of Presque Isle: "Sheltering Arm of the Great Spirit" Marker
(here, next to this marker); Erie's Maritime Heritage (here, next to this marker); Erie Land Lighthouse: "First on the Great Lakes" (here, next to this marker); Erie Land Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Erie's Land Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); James N. Thompson Land Lighthouse Park (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Erie Land Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Erie.
 
Categories. Native AmericansWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 16, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 62 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 16, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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