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In Search of the Ancient Copper Culture in Michigan with Brad and Mary Sutherland
The Beginning of US 41 starts
the path of the ancient Copper
Culture where they start in the
Upper Pennisula of Michigan,
known as the UP and continue
their travels and movement of
the copper and other raw
materials down through the
states to the harbors in Florida
where they would export the
material around the world.
Brad Sutherland standing at Copper Harbor which was used for the
importing and exporting of material around the world, The largest
exported material was the copper mined in this area, known as some of
the purest copper in the world.
|Copper Harbor, Michigan
Photographed by Mary Sutherland
|Copper Harbor, Michigan
Photographed by Mary Sutherland
|Copper Harbor, Michigan
Photographed by Mary Sutherland
In the Search of the Ancient Copper
Culture or Mound builders I have
across two 'hooked-x's' which is the
sign that the Templars used where
ever they made claim to a spot. These
hooked-x's have never been seen
before by the public. One we found in
Wisconsin on Frank's Hill and the other
from Michigan on the property
undisclosed to public.
The 'Hooked X' is an important encoded runic symbol likely created by proto-Templar
Cistercian monks . Frank Joseph writes in his book 'The Lost Colonies of America', that the X' is
symbolic of the allegorical representation of the duality and balance of man and woman, and
heaven and earth. The 'hook' in the 'X' is symbolic of the child or offspring, representative of
the continuation and perpetuation of the 'goddess' ideology through common blood lines and
In my opinion, this Hooked X
may also represent a location of
a calendar that the Templars
found, being that both x's we
have found are indicative of a
calendar mound near by.
The hooked x we found in
Wisconsin was near the
entrance to the calendar
mounds you see in photo to
Following the Path of the Sun
|These calendar stones or
coned mounds may have been
specifically designed to show
the path of the sun. The
Templars may have made the
mark of the Hooked X as an
indication that an solar calendar
was near by.
|This 'Hooked X' found on the
back of a stone I found in
Michigan matches the code's
Magic Number in following the
Path of the sun, which again
matches up with the Hooked X
we found in Wisconsin
A nice piece of copper I picked up while in Michigan. Some
girls are into diamonds and this woman is into Copper!
|This is another nice piece of quartz with copper
veins that I brought home for my collection. It is
Mary Sutherland standing next to a large piece of copper
When I was younger the story of the Anishnaabe Migration was told to me by an elder in
the community. He told the story in a similar manner that I have since read and heard
about. He mentioned however that certain families and people have carried that story on
in the oral form noting it was his father who told him the story before it was written.
So in thinking of Nibi Onji Canoe Journey 2017 we are following one version of the
Migration Story. The story itself includes all the places where they went and where they
ended up. All versions to me are true.
My thought is that as some have already come forward, they will paddle or organize
themselves to be apart of the journey from where they are and meet up with the
Thank you Mike Ormsby for sharing this photo with me, and to the ones who created it.
The Lure of Copper For the Canaanites (Beaker People)
When the Canaanite rolled across Western Europe from North Africa, they
knitted that region together by a NETWORK OF TRADING POSTS.
The Berbers (Canaanites) were an active sea-going people, known for their
long distance ocean voyaging. On the boats that they built they used animal
skins for sails and, after a while, a great shortage of skins for the leather sails
threatened to interrupt their maritime activities.
This problem was solved by a group of Berbers who set up a large hunting
camp in Arctic Norway near Mount Komsa in Finnmark. From here they
annually took large numbers of reindeer out of the herds migrating through the
area and sent the skins to the oak forests of southern Sweden and Conamara
in Ireland for tanning with oak bark. Other trading posts appeared in the
amber-rich areas of the Baltic.
In their mercantile voyages and through their Megalithic contacts, the Berbers
became aware of the presence of vast deposits of COPPER in the New World.
"Beaker Groups, keen to exploit copper deposits wherever they could be
found, began to navigate to the New World. They possessed a geographical
advantage...the easiest route to North America was the Atlantic Current from
Iberia or North Africa to the Caribbean (Kehoe, 280)....North America
was...treated to a large and substantial wave of Berber immigrants who brought
their culture with them when they settled around the copper mines of Lake
Superior and northern Wisconsin" (The Berber Project).
These colonists were traders to the very core! They came in search of wealth
and found it in copper -- huge amounts of it around Lake Superior and on Isle
Royale, which is reputedly the best source of pure copper on the entire planet!
The sudden emergence of what archaeologists have called the "Old Copper
Culture" coincides with large numbers of Berbers who descended on the
American Midwest and the St. Lawrence River valley to exploit these new-found
|According to the Greek historian Herodotus
Berbers wore what we call "Mohawk" haircuts -- like
many North American Indian tribes. Herodotus also
mentions that the Berbers engaged in the same kind of
"vision quest" commonly found in North American cultures
"To this day," adds Madison, "Berbers have the same
kind of animal legends as North American Indian
Berbers had arrowheads, atlatls (spear throwing
devices),FEATHERS IN THEIR HAIR and wore fringed
leather clothing, similar to the Native American Indians of
"Herodotus describes 'a place in Libya,' beyond the
Pillars of Hercules (i.e. past the Straits of Gilbralta)
where the Carthaginians traded for precious metals. He
wrote that the local natives used SMOKE SIGNALS to
communicate over long distances -- an obvious
reference to the famous Native American custom
(Herodotus, 4: 196). Later on, the Vikings, evidently on
the basis of the profound and obvious similarities
between North American and North African inhabitants,
languages and cultures, formed the impression that
North America was simply a peninsula of North Africa
itself (Riley, 250). -- The Berber Project
The Berbers Became known as the Beaker People because of their Art
Work and Megaliths.
n the Iberian Peninsula itself these Canaanites that Joshua drove out of Israel
and Egypt became known as the Beaker Folk. They became famous for
concentration of MOTILLAS, a kind of fortified BURIAL MOUND (Iberian
Prehistory, by Maria Cruz Castro). The BUILDING OF MOUNDS was a
HALLMARK of Berber and Berber-inspired cultures wherever they migrated to.
Known today among African Berbers as DJIDAR, these mounds were built not
only in Africa but throughout the first Berber expansion known as
While the ancient cultures of the Eastern Mediterranean buried their noble
dead in rock-hewn tombs, the Megalith-builders built rock tombs but sealed
them inside large earthen mounds (The Berber Project)
More famous than even their mounds were their drinking vessels - pottery
versions of what had long been woven in North Africa out of esparto grass (The
Prehistory of the Mediterranean, by D.H. Trump)
They were used for "something like mead, flavoured with herbs such as
meadowsweet or wild fruits". Alcoholic drinks were clearly a factor in this culture
and social acceptance.
The Beaker Folk were fundamentally TRADERS, and wherever they went they
were welcomed as friends -- not as hated conquerors. They formed stable
outposts, and their tombs contain multiple generations of family members.
The Berber Beaker People established complex trading networks, and the
diverse regions of Western Europe and North Africa were united as never
before . Ivory and ostrich egg shells were highly prized luxuries, and the only
source was North Africa, where eager Berber traders did a booming business .
Of more importance was their lucrative COPPER TRADE: they brought
chalcolithic culture to Western Europe, importing vast amounts of copper. --
The Berber Project).
Preoccupied by local affairs, they blocked the northward expansion of a thriving
Black civilization based in theTassili mountains of southern Algeria. Utilizing
superior technology, the Berbers took control of the arid Saharan steppes,
exploiting it for nomadic pastoralism. Their new technology and stratified society
"enabled them to subjugate the existing black population...[dealing here with a
WARRIOR ARISTOCRACY which had gained ascendancy over the black
groups of the Sahara: this is the first instance of a pattern which has been
repeated to the present day" (The Berbers, by Brett & Fentress).
In the meantime the Beaker Berbers of the Iberian Peninsula had begun to
decline. However, a few isolated groups remained active, such as the
inhabitants of the Balearic Islands who were building fortified towers known as
TALAYOTS. These so-called "Talaiotic" people survived well into the Christian
era. Archaeology shows that a similar culture flourished next-door in the island
of Sardinia. The native, pre-Roman inhabitants of this island were, all evidence
indicates, Canaanite Berbers (see The Romance Languages, by Harris and
Vincent and Le Origini delle Lingue neolatine, by Carlo Tagliavini). If the
ancient Balearans were also Berbers -- which is extremely likely -- then the
name of their towers (TALAYOTS) may preserve an indication of what these
peoples called themselves.
Later, a new, Canaanite/Berber-derived culture called "ADENA" began to flower
in Ohio. The Adena culture emerged from the Berber-dominated "Red Ochre"
tradition -- the descendants of the very people whose ancestors had first mined
copper on Lake Superior. "Political leadership in Adena," writes Madison, "was
probably provided by Berbers from Africa."
Nearly 23-pound hunk of iron and
nickel is the sixth largest meteorite
found in Michigan, according to the
Smithsonian Museum and Central
Michigan University. Meteorite strikes
in the Great Lake Area caused
fractures in the land from the lower
part of Michigan traveling down the
eastern part of Wisconsin. These
fractures eventually created a karst
system of lakes, underground cave
and tunnel systems.
The karsts of Southeastern Wisconsin
have created a landscape of rolling
hills, mounds with shafts, tunnels,
caves and sinkholes. The karsts were
created by groundwater dissolving the
sedimentary broken up by an
underground vortex of spinning
energy. Over millions of years, as flow
routes are enlarged, carbonate
aquifers change from diffuse-flow
aquifers with water moving as laminar
flow through small openings, to
conduit-flow aquifers with water moving
primarily as turbulent flow through
systems to discharge points at springs.
As the water table lowers below the
level of surface streams, the streams
begin to lose water to
developing cave systems below.