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There is a strange symbol on the top of Medicine Mountain, in the windswept Big Horn range in Wyoming.  There is this circle of stones, seventy feet in diameter, carefully laid out in perfect geometric form.  The stones are arranged to form twenty-eight spokes radiating from a hub twelve feet in diameter, with a seven foot open space in the center.  Around the wheel symbol are six huge stones which seem to have served as chairs, possibly for the high priests of the people who built this unique monument.

White men first became interested in the design in 1902, when S.C. Simms of the Field Museum in Chicago spent considerable time trying to unravel the mystery.  He could only conclude that it was a religious symbol of some race that had existed there between 15,000 and 1,000 BCE.

Ella E. Clark, Professor Emeritus at Washington State University, tells an interesting story about the Medicine Wheel in Indian Legends of the Northern Rockies, published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

Red Plume, the famous Crow Indian chieftain, told of how he visited the Medicine Wheel and waited four days and nights.  On the final night, he was joined by three small men and women.  These miniature beings led Red Plume to an underground cavern beneath the Medicine Wheel.  For three more days and nights, Red Plume was tutored by the little people.  He was taught the strategy of war; he was advised on the proper methods of leading his tribe to greatness.