Sleeping Buffalo Rock

Sleeping Buffalo Rock (HM2N4P)

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N 48° 28.194', W 107° 32.97'

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Montana's native people revere this boulder that once perched high atop a wind-swept ridge overlooking the Cree Crossing on the Milk River. The ancient weather-worn effigy resembled the leader of a herd of reclining buffalo in an outcrop of gray granite. Ancient markings define its horns, eyes, backbone and ribs. Since late prehistoric times, native people of the Northern Plains have honored the Sleeping Buffalo's spiritual power. Oral traditions passed down among the Cree, Chippewa, Sioux, Assiniboine (sic) and Gros Ventre as well as the more distant Blackfeet, Crow, and Northern Cheyenne tell how the "herd" fooled buffalo-hunting parties. While each tribe has its own culture and beliefs, all Montana tribes share worldview. A Chippewa-Cree elder explained, "These rocks are sacred, just like our old people." Locals claim the Sleeping Buffalo, relocated to Malta's City Park in 1932, was restless, changing positions and bellowing in the night. The Sleeping Buffalo found its final resting place in 1967 where the smaller "Medicine Rock," also collected near Cree Crossing, rejoined it in 1987. These timeless objects continue to figure prominently in traditional ceremonies, linking the present with the past when the power of the prairie was the buffalo.
HM NumberHM2N4P
Placed ByMontana Department of Transportation
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Date Added Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 at 10:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13U E 311559 N 5371669
Decimal Degrees48.46990000, -107.54950000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 48° 28.194', W 107° 32.97'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds48° 28' 11.64" N, 107° 32' 58.2" W
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