Panoramas 2018 — photo 14 of 36: When I first saw this structure on Google Maps, I said to myself, “What in the world is that?!” It wasn’t until I saw it from ground level that it started to make a bit of sense, although its purpose remained a mystery to me. There is not much on the Web about it, but I did find a post on Google Groups that shed some light on this enigma:
“The Anpo Ceremonial grounds and Cultural Youth Camp, located in Eastern Oregon in the Mt. Hood National Forest, has been the site of annual intertribal ceremonies since 1982. In addition, Anpo Camp serves the religious and spiritual needs of a broad spectrum of the Traditional Native American Community throughout the year, offering ceremony, retreat, and personal counseling. Anpo Camp also serves the needs of Native American Youth by offering numerous youth camps designed to teach Native American children their traditional ways. The youth camps teach arts & crafts, oral traditions, outdoor survival, hunting, fishing, sports, and traditional religious practices. The youth camps build a sense of character and identity that keeps Native American Youth out of gangs, and off the streets.”
Another post added: “The ANPO Camp is a Ceremonial Sundance site for native people of all tribal and band descents, and is considered sacred ground.”
Yikes! I hope I wasn’t trespassing on or desecrating sacred ground ... I had no idea. This 13-photo panorama shows the entire structure which, according to my measurement in Google Maps, is about 56 yards from end to end. July 2018.
Camera used: Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 12-100mm f/4.0 zoom lens. Scroll to the right to see the rest of this panoramic photo.
For further details about the story behind this photo, see the related article The Year In Panoramas: 2018.