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Reflections on Sacred Places

Note: This is the third in a series of personal accounts, by people of various backgrounds, commenting on their own experiences and their own feelings about issues related to sacred places. The place described in this poem is Oheyawahi or Pilot Knob, an ancient burial place and sacred site for Dakota people in Dakota County, Minnesota.

 -June 26, 2005

Ancestors are Woven in the Fabric

Jeanne Pinette-Souldern


Jeanne Souldern lived with her family north of Acacia Cemetery, on Pilot Knob Road from 1964 through 1967. The house they lived in was once a tavern, Kate's, that had been converted in rental property. The poem has its roots in her experience of washing clothes on Saturday mornings with her mother and hanging the wash out on the clothesline.  Even at a tender young age she understood the place was magical. She is also a current member of the Pilot Knob Preservation Association.


The house on Pilot Knob Road where Jeanne Pinette-Souldern lived between 1964

and 1967. The photograph was taken from an airplane, in 1959.

Minnesota Historical Society photograph.