Prayer Rock Petroglyphs

February 06, 2004

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Provided by: Mike Barondeau, Edmunds Central School
Summary authors & editors: Mike Barondeau

Many years ago, a glacial boulder was discovered, southeast of Mobridge, South Dakota, which weighs about five tons and has life-sized human hands etched on it. A well beaten trail led to the site. Archeologists think Native Americans may have placed their hands in the imprints while praying. The rock was moved to the public library grounds in Ipswich, South Dakota, care being taken to orient the stone precisely as it originally lay. The sign accompany the rock reads "Medicine or Prayer Rock." Part of the inscription mentions that this rock was a symbol of great power and venerated by the Indians who believed it the work of the “Wakan” or Great Spirit. The public library in Ipswich is located on Main Street, about four blocks south of U.S. Highway 12, also known as the Yellowstone Trail.

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