Potawatomi - Keepers of the Fire  LbNA # 47968

Placed DateMay 11 2009
LocationNorth Aurora, IL
Planted Byschneid    
Found By Team Duncan
Last Found Oct 4 2009
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Potawatomi – Keepers of the Fire - Letterbox

The Potawatomi were members of the Council of Three Fires. The members of the council were the Ojibwe (Chippewa), Odawa (Ottawa), and the Bodewadmi (Potawatomi).

The Ottawa were made the Keepers of the Trade, the Chippewa were the Keepers of the Faith, and the Potawatomi were the Keepers of the Sacred Fire. In the council, the Chippewa were addressed as the older brother; the Ottawa were the middle brother; and the Potawatomi were the younger brother.

This is the first stamp I have ever carved (first letterbox too) and I’m happy with how it turned out. My Webelos Scouts enjoyed finding it.

This letterbox is located in Lippold Park in North Aurora and Batavia, Illinois.

1. Start at the place where thousands of arrows have been shot (but never at another man). (This has to do with a special sport that is done every day at Lippold Park).

2. Other than the wooden poles, what are Potawatomi wigwams made out of? You can see one near the swamp. Head in that direction and you might see a muskrat or some turtles sunning themselves on a log.

3. Look for the giant green arrowhead (it’s a green triangle 10-20 feet on a side).

4. Which direction is the star Polaris? In which direction does the sun rise? Combine those two directions and follow the path in that direction.

5. When you come to the first intersection, follow the fork that the Potawatomi would follow to launch their canoes. When the path curves to the right, follow it.

6. What is a squirrel’s favorite tree? That tree will be one of the largest in the area and it will be on the left side of the path. Which tree gives us syrup? That tree will be one of the largest and it will be on the right side of the path. Just southwest of the tree on the right is a short cherry or crab apple tree. The letterbox is wedged into the multiple trunks of this tree about 2 feet above the ground. You will need to walk about 10 feet into the woods to get it.