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Minutes of the Annual Meeting 567

Minutes of the Annual Meeting          567


of the earth, my people urged me to make four requests,-First,

that the flame of their fireplace may not sway to and fro (sick-

ness). Second, that their weapon may be sharpened on both

sides (Success in war. Legends say that there was once a race

that had a sharp, bony structure growing out on both sides of their

forearms for use in war). Third, that the number of days I left

behind me may be proportionately divided among my relatives.

Fourth, that nuts and fruits and all growing things may abound

in plenty on the face of the earth."

Then she will place before you a wooden dish, containing

some wild beans. Partake only a taste of the dish and shove it

back to her. Then she will say, 'My Great Grandchild, you have

a wise head on young shoulders. That dish represents the vege-

tables, nuts, fruits and all growing things on earth. Inasmuch as

you have taken so little and left so much in the dish, so much will

abound on the face of the earth. As for all your other requests,

they are granted'."

Civilizations change. Some lie deep buried in the earth. But

the longing for immortality is common to them all. In our inner-

most longings for the continuity and solidarity of life, we are part

and parcel of our prehistoric brethren.

The audience then proceeded to the corridor south

of the Rotunda of the Museum and Library Building to

witness the unveiling of the


President Johnson: I will ask Director Shetrone to

explain the significance of this sculpture.

Mr. Shetrone: Ladies and Gentlemen: You are all

more or less familiar with the male figure of the Mound

Builder, The Prehistoric Sculptor, which stands in the

rotunda. The creation of that figure was the outcome of

the sentiment developed as a result of twenty-five years,

or more, exploration of Indian Mounds and the conse-

quent accumulation of data and material which caused

us to think that we might well attempt to show some-

thing of the physical aspect of our first Ohioans. So,

taking a typical skeleton from one of the Ohio mounds,