Native Medicine wheel The Medicine Wheel
The Americans used the words Medicine Wheel to designate the Bighorn Medicine Wheel in Wyoming. Since then, archaeological research has uncovered many more structures formed of circles and rays. These structures are usually made of stones found at the site, they include a central mound, one or more circles and spokes. More than 70 structures are currently listed in the plains from Wyoming to Alberta and Saskatchewan in Canada. Circle sizes vary widely depending on location. For instance The Bighorn Medicine Wheel has 27 m in diameter with 27 rays while Ellis Medicine Wheel in Alberta is only 5m in diameter with 10 rays of 14 to 19 m. Many sites were used over an extended period of time by different cultural groups. Some were used for only one purpose. The first signs of the use of a "medicine wheel" were given to the Oxbow peoples - 4000 to 5000 BC. Ethnographic studies have also established that the structures of the type of Ellis Wheel described were built from the end of the prehistoric times until the historical period. Some were made by the Blackfoot peoples to honor great warriors.

Medicine Wheel
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