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Butte Appears-Disappears in Storm

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An extraordinary appearance and disappearance of a large butte in a fierce thunderstorm started after a visit to a megalithic circle in Hellgate Canyon, Montana. It started when Julie Ryder mentioned she had found an extraordinary stone she called "shaman rock," and we drove to the Canyon Ferry Lake near Helena. 

A stone polished to a glassy sheet with a top slanted at least thirty degrees stood a little more than three feet high in the middle of a grassy field.  A circle of megalith-like rocks three to four feet high surrounded the central stone in a meadow.  Crafting with an extreme glassy shine on the central and standing stones was the only difference from other local rocks.  Rocks in the circle were identical color and composition as those outside the circle. 

Spirals, crosses and circles were carved into the base of the central stone.  The layout of the circle around the central stone would have been at home in megalithic Ireland. The first impression was that it was an altar but nothing would stay-put on the top because the angle was too steep. I circled, climbed and laid on it to get a feel for the lay of the rock. Insets carved into the sides of the stone were the right height to rest my hands and brace my body with my chin resting on the top, and I commented the craftsmen might have made hand rests intentionally.

Astronomical observations with a shaman lying on his belly on the central stone and using peaks of surrounding mountains for sight lines would have been one of many uses for the circle. Knowing that the shaman must lie at a specific angle to observe distant sight lines would have required detailed information about the specific site for nomadic tribes with neither significant mathematics nor astronomy. The Salish and Kootenai people were virtually Stone Age tribes before white flight to America, but this "perceived" technological shortfall paralleled robust social and spiritual practices.

A fixed position for astronomical observations is achieved with shaman rock by resting the chin at the top of the rock. Similarities between the shape of the rock's front and curves in the figurine from the Baikal Lake region of Siberia (right) are shown for comparison. A nearby pictoglyph made by unknown "paleo Indians" contains symbols like those found in Siberia. Shaman rock is on 46 North latitude in Montana, inland from the Columbia River where the Kennewick Man was found on 46 North latitude. The Kennewick Man's skull shape and size suggested he originated in Northern Asia and was an ancestor of American Indians in Washington State, where numerous migrations across the Bering Strait traveled as they moved southward into the American Southwest and Mexico. His skeletal remains indicated an age of 9,000 years or older. See The Siberian Times to read more about the Siberian figurines.


Pictoglyphs on a rock face about a mile (or thereabouts) in one direction displayed some of the same symbols but had been brutally blasted to clear the way for a road.  The priests who “ministered” to the Salish and Kootenai people in the nineteenth century had recorded the pictoglyphs but nobody knew who created them or what they meant.  The Salish-Kootenai said the pictoglyphs were there when they arrived in the area and didn’t know who made them, even though they refreshed and maintained them. 

A lake made by flooding a valley in the ‘50s was on the opposite side of the central stone, and we pitched tents under a stand of trees close to the shore for a relaxing weekend.  When a thunderstorm threatened to roll in around 10 pm, I stepped outside the tent to smoke a cigarette and checked out the night sights against long flashes of lightning.  Studying the shape of a very large rock (butte) in the lake during lightning flashes, I suddenly realized the butte at least three stories (twenty-four feet) high had not been there when we arrived and started piecing together how it fit with the landscape in snapshots revealed with lightning. 

Then panic hit when I realized the landscape with the butte was not the same as the one where we had seen setting up camp in the afternoon.  I shouted to a friend in the tent to tell me what the lake looked like when we set up camp, which annoyed him because he had to give me details about the obvious.  We agreed about what the place had looked like when we arrived.  By the time I insisted he step outside to see where we were that night, he was beginning to give me patronizing answers until he saw the new landscape. 

The large butte in the lake glistened when illuminated with lightning and blocked the view across the lake. It was close to the shore where we camped.  He happily cooperated when I asked him to describe what he saw where there had been only water a few hours earlier, just to make sure we were both seeing the same objects.  We both saw a changed landscape with the same description and were both shaken by it.  But, I hate getting very shaken late at night in the middle of a good-sized thunderstorm when I could do nothing about it and decided to get as much sleep as possible before something happened to our tent.  The immediate area of our tent with trees and fireplace remained the same as it had been when we arrived.  Julie arrived bright and early the next morning and awakened me with a fresh cup of coffee. 

The world from that place had changed back to what it had been before the storm.  This is one (but only one) reason I suggest that lightning (electrical and atmospheric discharges) are often connected to mysterious appearances and disappearances.

We drove back to Missoula without discussing the appearing-disappearing butte and landscape.  But after a few days I thought more and more about it.  The change was definitely a view into another dimension of space and time, but which ones?  Had the butte existed before the lake was created but blasted to clear it away when the lake was made?  “Before” and “after” scenarios relative to the lake’s construction could be just a shift in time.  But where was the space with the butte?  Did the butte exist in the same dimension of space with the lake before it was created?

When I hesitatingly mentioned questions about the butte to my friend who was with me, he calmly ended the conversation.  “Don’t go there.  You saw it and I saw it.  It happened.”

The glassy shine on the rocks in the circle is one of my biggest questions.  The butte shined under the lightning.  Although the stones looked like they had just been polished, there’s no way of telling how long the circle had been abandoned unless it is excavated.  Nearby pictoglyphs had been identified only as “paleo Indian,” meaning they were made before any of the local Indians inhabited the area and contained symbols similar to those in Siberia.

Flashes of lightning had provided the backlighting for viewing other-worldly dimensions, most accessible when neither the sun nor the moon dominate the sky. Yogananda indicated twilight in the early morning or late evening was ideal lighting for penetrating the "maya," or illusion of the senses.

All this was on 112° West longitude due north of the Great Salt Lake Vortex and within an eight-degree radius of it and less than 400 miles of Devil’s Tower, Wyoming. 

Krsanna Duran © 2017