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Many visitors have asked about the turtle theme, and its relevance to this site.  Here is the fascinating reason that was learnt by the webmaster:
  • The plans for the roundhouse in Indian Canyon show it to be turtle shaped.  A roundhouse, as the name suggests, is usually round.
  • According to Ann Marie Sayers  the symbol of the turtle is "turtle island", which in the indigenous world represents the America's, North, Central and South.  In many cultures the turtle is a sacred animal.
The Hopi of Northern America told their version of the turtle in "The Book of the Hopi," the first time Hopi traditions were ever recorded in writing. The ancient stories, handed down from generation to generation, orally, recall long and ancient migration routes, first entering into the Americas through the Bering Straight, going into the Four Corners region of North America and then heading off into all directions as they were told to do by the Great Spirit; stopping only when they reached water. Some believe that "turtle island" is North America with one flipper of the turtle being Baja, another the Bay Area peninsula, another Florida, and the other being Nova Scotia.

...from Turtle Island Institute Website

  • When the idea of building the roundhouse in Indian Canyon was first conceived, Ann-Marie Sayers and architectural designer Gene DeSmidt visited many existing roundhouses to talk to the elders to gain consensus on how it should be built.
  • Consensus building, as we all know, is difficult, so Gene suggested designing the building according to the vision of Ann-Marie, and Ann-Marie agreed.
  • A week later, Gene received a large package from Ann-Marie; in it was a large turtle shell.  Puzzled, Gene asked Ann-Marie for an explanation.   Ann-Marie's explanation was that in a dream, she was the feather on the wing of an eagle soaring in the skies.  As the feather, she was separated from the eagle, and down, down she floated to the ground and ended up in a hollow dark spot.  After recovering from the fall, she dusted herself off, and found that she had fallen through the top of, and landed within, the turtle shell, and at that time she knew that the round house would be turtle shaped.
  • The developer and webmaster of this site initially heard about the turtle shaped roundhouse, went looking for turtle pictures, and found many interesting and fascinating turtle pictures to share;  in particular, the busy racing turtle that appears on the top left hand corner of the pages of this website was most interesting.  Most people have either loved it or hated it, but it has always provoked a reaction.  Since her daughter Kanyon loved it, Ann-Marie invoked executive privilege and so it is staying.
  • And that is how the racing turtle got onto the pages of this web site, and why there is such a strong turtle theme to this site.

Additional turtle links are available on this site.

A Friend of Indian Canyon built this website to raise awareness of the proposed Village House in Indian Canyon.  For further information contact Ann Marie Sayers, tribal chairperson, by email or phone at 831-637-4238.  For information about this website please contact webmaster. Privacy Policy
 Revised: 05/09/09.