Dark Island Trail

Dark 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 River.

The 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.)

This 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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