Island History - The Pawnee believed that animals would
bestow the secrets of the spiritual world to a few chosen humans.
This training was said to take place in underwater lodges, the
largest of which was on Dark Island, believed to be on the Platte
Pawnee believed a person, usually a poor young man, would be taken
to an underground lodge where the animals were organized like
doctors in a medicine lodge. The animals would “bless him” and
each animal would teach the young man their specific powers (i.e.
the buffalo would bestow unusual power, the deer fleetness, the
wolf craftiness, etc.)
underground lodge referred to as “Dark Island” or “Lone Tree”
is believed to be on an island within one mile of where the trail
crosses the Platte.
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DARK ISLAND BROCHURE
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