The Way of the Urushiol
Saturday, July 12th, 2008
latitude: N 45° 34' 21.78"
longitude: W 111° 41' 8.93"
Download the Placefinder Card for this marker—it's in triplicate—and then print it out, preferably on card stock (cool color paper welcome!). Just cut the papers into threes (there are printed marks to assist you with this) and distribute the cards to information racks in the area. (And, of course, post some pictures and tag us!)
The Urushiol were famous for their wedding ceremonies. Thought they were nomadic, like all milestones in Urushiolic cultural life, wedding ceremonies needed to take place had to place at a hot springs. On the wedding night the bride and groom would lower themselves into the Hot Springs and the mother-in-laws would spread Gallataan--an extract of form of poison oak far more extreme than known in our linear world-- on the surface of the water and the happy couple would slowly rise through it, letting it coat their bodies. As much as anything else, this truly intimidated their enemies. After all, if this was the wedding night, what were these people like in battle? The answer was: quite fierce indeed.
It is just east of the town of Norris at the entrance to Water of the Gods.
Specifically, it is a quarter mile east of Highway 287, on Highway 84 at Norris, Montana.
Plaque is easily accessible at the western entrance to the driveway down into the Hot Springs area. No need to enter the Hot Springs grounds when it is closed; you can easily see the plaque just on the other side of the fence.
As always, please be respectful of the local community.
Plaque was dedicated at around 6:30 PM at the Norris Hot Springs in linear Montana.
Here are some of the folks who kindly extricated themselves from the amazing waters of the hot spring to sing "Kymaerica, Sambamba Dier."
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