Tag: God’s Eye

Remnants of History: God’s Eye

Baldwin Lake, CA, May 31, 2014 – When the Serrano Indians used local mountains as a summer residence between 2,000 and 2,500 years ago, they were known as The People of the Pines. They were skilled basket weavers and pottery makers, and they worshipped a huge dome of brilliant white quartz as the eye of their creator, “Kruktat”, calling it “God’s Eye”. It was perched above present day Baldwin Lake, and it’s said that “They took comfort in knowing His watchful gaze looked out at them as they went about their daily lives in the valley.” Legend also has it that Kruktat’s blood created the red hillsides on the northern border of the lake, in the vicinity of the two other sacred Serrano landmarks in our area: Pan Hot Springs at Paradise Way and the Cold Springs in Shay Meadows. In the middle of the 19th century, valley ranchers chased the Serranos out of the area, leaving God’s Eye exposed on its perch. When the California gold rush brought miners to Big Bear, they dynamited the sacred site in a fruitless search for gold. No gold was found, and irreversible damage had been done. Its remnants are still a sacred tribal landmark, though, and what’s left of the dome still gleams in the sun at the east end of the valley. From far away, the quartz outcropping looks mostly...

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Sacred Landmark in Big Bear is Subject of “God’s Golden Eye”

Baldwin Lake, CA, September 13, 2013 — Part-time local resident Ian James Murphy will premier his inaugural film at the 2013 Big Bear Lake International Film Festival. “God’s Golden Eye” is a historical account of the desecration of a sacred tribal landmark near Baldwin Lake. Serrano Indians occupied our local mountains 2,000 years ago, worshiping a dome of brilliant white quartz called “God’s Eye” as the eye of their creator, “Kruktat”. In the 1850s the Serranos were brutally chased out of their homelands by ranchers angry at attacks on their valley homesteads. This left God’s Eye exposed, and when the California gold rush brought miners to Big Bear, they dynamited the sacred site in a fruitless search for gold. Murphy narrates the 33-minute documentary, sharing interviews with Native Americans, Mining representatives and individuals from the Big Bear Discovery Center and the Big Bear Valley Historical Museum. The movie explores California’s rich history and the cultural differences of the early inhabitants of Big Bear Valley, in particular. Murphy recently returned from Peru filming his second film, investigating why people from all around the world travel to the high Andes, to gain spiritual enlightenment from the Shamans. “God’s Golden Eye” will screen September 22 at 11:30 a.m. at Village Theaters in Big Bear Lake. View the trailer here.             Local land healer Dixie Madden and County Supervisor James Ramos were interviewed for this film.    ...

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