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The Domain and Realms National Site

"There's magick in believing..."

Welcome to the

Realm of the Black Hills

       The fourth Realm of the Domain, the Black Hills holds within its lands it's namesake: the sacred Black Hills of the Lakota, Cheyenne, and Hidasta.

       Comprised of the American states of North Dakota and South Dakota, the Black Hills is dominated by two features: the Missouri River (which splits the Realm roughly down the cennter in a winding diagonal) and the Black Hills Range (which holds the Realm's highest point and one of its most sacred sites, Black Elk Peak). The namesake of the Realm is, to the Lakota and Cheyenne, the axis mundi.

       The First Ruler of the Black Hills was also its last Ruler: Lady Dame ShadowHeart the Crimson Dawn ni DarkFyre. The Realm has lain silent for years, and will continue to do so, until its next Ruler comes along.

Full Name: The Realm of the Black Hills

Pronunciation: Black Hills

Entymology: Named for the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Date Founded: January 1, 2002

Demonym: Hillian, Helian

Population(current): 0

Ruler(s): None at current time

House(s): None at current time

Flag: The Rose in the Hills - Field of the darkest grey, representing the darkest point before the dawn. Hills of black on the bottom, representing the Black Hills. A light grey rose in the center of the dark grey field, representing the Realm's First Ruler: Lady Dame ShadowHeart the Crimson Dawn ni DarkFyre.

Anthem: None at current time.

Provinces:  The Needles (the lands West of the Missouri River), The Wastelands (the lands East of the Missouri River)

Royal District: None at current time.

Royal Court: None at current time.

Royal Home: None at current time

Helian Provinces

Name of province: The Needles

Location: The lands of the Realm West

Population(current): 0

Origin of name: Named for the First Ruler of Sil Magra: Lord Wyrd Kaos, under an earlier name of Lord Spirit Talker

Ruler(s): None at current  time

Duchies(to date): None at current time

Name of province: Spirit's Whisper

Location: Western and Central Tennessee

Population(current): 0

Origin of name: Named for the First Ruler of Sil Magra: Lord Wyrd Kaos, under an earlier name of Lord Spirit Talker

Ruler(s): None at current  time

Duchies(to date): None at current time

Places of Interest, Power, and Enchantment

Black Elk Peak

       Located in the Black Elk Wilderness of the Black Hills National Forest, Black Elk Peak stands at 7,244 feet: the highest point in South Dakota. Known as Hiŋháŋ Káǧa ('owl-maker' in Lakota, after rock formations that look like owls: associated with impending death) and Heȟáka Sápa ('elk black', after Black Elk), is the site where Black Elk (Lakota Sioux) received his "Great Vision" when nine years old. He later became a medicine man known for his wisdom. Late in life, he returned to the peak accompanied by writer John Neihardt. Black Elk was sharing much of his life and philosophy with Neihardt through long talks translated by his son. Neihardt tried to express the medicine man's wisdom in his book, Black Elk Speaks. Neihardt recorded Black Elk's words about his vision as follows:


"I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world," he is quoted as saying. "And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being."


Named Harney Peak in 1855 by American Lieutenant Gouverneur K. Warren in honor of US General William S. Harney (his commander in a regional military expedition), the U.S. Board on Geographic Names: which has jurisdiction in federal lands, officially changed the mountain's name from Harney Peak to Black Elk Peak on August 11, 2016, honoring Black Elk.


       (from Wikipedia)

The Six Grandfathers - Mount Rushmore

       Known to the Lakota Sioux as "The Six Grandfathers" (Tȟuŋkášila Šákpe) or "Cougar Mountain" (Igmútȟaŋka Pahá), Mount Rushmore stands within the Black Hills of South Dakota: showcasing the 60-foot bust of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. The statues were declared completed October 31, 1941.


       Mount Rushmore was conceived with the intention of creating a site to lure tourists, representing "not only the wild grandeur of its local geography but also the triumph of western civilization over that geography through its anthropomorphic representation."[17] Though for the latest occupants of the land at the time, the Lakota Sioux, as well as other tribes, the monument in their view "came to epitomize the loss of their sacred lands and the injustices they've suffered under the U.S. government."[18] Under the Treaty of 1868, the U.S. government promised the territory, including the entirety of the Black Hills, to the Sioux "so long as the buffalo may range thereon in such numbers as to justify the chase."[19] After the discovery of gold on the land, American settlers migrated to the area in the 1870s. The federal government then forced the Sioux to relinquish the Black Hills portion of their reservation.[18]


       The four presidential faces were said to be carved into the granite with the intention of symbolizing "an accomplishment born, planned, and created in the minds and by the hands of Americans for Americans".


       As Six Grandfathers, the mountain was on the route that Lakota leader Black Elk took in a spiritual journey that culminated at Black Elk Peak.


       (From Wikipedia)


       It is interesting that the sculpting of the four statues was forced to a halt on October 31, 1941.

The Missouri River

       At 2,341 miles, the Missouri (known as Mnišóše: Lakota for "people with wooden canoes") is the longest river in North America: a mile longer than the Old Man River. Starting ultimately at Brower's Spring: on the slopes of Mount Jefferson in Montana, the Missouri runs to it's confluence with the Mississippi at Spanish Lake, Missouri.  The Missouri River's catchment encompasses nearly one-sixth of the area of the United States, or just over five percent of the continent of North America, with a drainage basin spanning 529,350 square miles. 


       (From Wikipedia)


       Much of what became Native American civilization springboarded from the Missouri watershed, and it is a section of its length that serves as the main dividing line between the two provinces of the Black Hills.

The Black Hills

is ruled under an

Imperial

administration

An aerial view of downtown

Caer Sioux,

Former Royal Court of the Realm of

the Black Hills.

Hillian

Caers, Shires, and Strongholds

Caers:

Caer Crimson Dawn - Sioux Falls, South Dakota USA

Caer Mirahachi ArumaAguash ("place of the tall willows") - Bismarck and Mandan, North Dakota USA

Caer Numen Andondi Pata ("West Gate Way") - Fargo and West Fargo, North Dakota USA

Caer Móre'Ambo'Taurë Andondi ("Black Hill Forest Gate") - Rapid City,  South Dakota USA


Strongholds:

Stronghold of the Red River Vale (shared with the Dells) - Caer Numen Andondi Pata, Caer Agassiz

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