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The Grandfathers are protecting the people and also welcome everyone to this living place.
An Audio Transcript
The large rocks that you have seen so far are just a few of forty large boulders – called "Grandfather Rocks" – that have been placed around the building's periphery. The Grandfather rocks were brought here from northern Canada.
Writer, educator and musician José Montaño is Qulla, or Aymara, from Bolivia.
"The Grandfathers encircle the building. They are protecting the plants, because the plants also represent people. In other words, the Grandfathers are protecting the people. And also welcome everyone to this living place. When the Grandfathers arrived here, the local Native peoples from Virginia, the Monacans, welcomed them also with ceremonies and they placed the Grandfathers facing the same direction that they were facing in their original locations."
The protected circular space we're entering is the Museum's offering area. Surrounded by six Grandfather rocks, this is a place intended for quiet reflection.