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The Journey

The original marble sculpture of Eagle Man initiated the journey of Transformation Through Forgiveness  on Chumash ancestral land at the Santa Barbara Mission, in California.  Then, an exact bronze replica was created and placed on a large turtle base in order to easily journey to many lands.

Before each placement of the monument, a ceremony is created in honoring the Earth as our sacred environment.  Permission is reverently asked for the monument to be welcomed by the spirits and ancestors of the land.  The monument is then placed and veiled, ready for the unveiling ceremony during which indigenous leaders of that area, other invited guests, the designated host and the sculptor, Francis Jansen, offer prayers & speak on the processes of reconciliation & forgiveness and the healing possibilities that this could hold for all of us.

The Monument to Forgiveness has reverently and prayerfully traveled to:

  • Santa Barbara Mission – Santa Barbara, California
  • Nez Perce Indian hunting grounds – Wallowa Lake, Joseph, Oregon
  • Southern Oregon University – Ashland, Oregon
  • End of the Trail of Tears – Northeastern State University in Tahlequah Oklahoma
  • Beginning of the Trail of Tears – Cherokee, North Carolina
  • The Monument to Forgiveness has now been permanently placed as the Memorial Monument at Northeastern State University in Talequah, OK, at the end of the Trail of Tears.

 

Santa Barbara Mission – Santa Barbara, California

Nez Perce Indian hunting grounds – Wallowa Lake, Joseph, Oregon

Southern Oregon University – Ashland, Oregon

End of the Trail of Tears – University of Oklahoma, Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Beginning of the Trail of Tears – Cherokee, North Carolina

 

 

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