Bear Butte

Also known as: Mato Paha, Nowahawus
NE of Sturgis, Sturgis, South Dakota

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Description 

Sacred to the Cheyenne, Bear Butte is the place where Maheo imparted to Sweet Medicine (a mythical hero) the knowledge from which the Cheyenne derive their religious, political, social, and economic customs. The site is in Bear Butte State Park. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, December 21, 1981

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 19, 1973
Reference number
73001746
Area of significance
Ethnic Heritage - Native American
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Site
Historic functions
Ceremonial site; Conservation area
Current function
Conservation area
Periods of significance
1700-1749; 1750-1799