In 2002 local mineral collector, lapidary artist, and goldsmith jeweler, Dutes Dutheil’s vision to share Haida Gwaii’s geological story with locals and visitors manifested into the creation of the Tlell Stone Circle.
In the early 1990’s, when Crystal Cabin was still operating out of its former storefront, a smaller wood cabin, Dutes was inspired at this time to create an outdoor mineral display. Due to the size and space involved in such a creation, it was only to be a temporary exhibition. Clearly, Dutes had much bigger plans for his display.
As the business grew into its current space, a large gallery of several hundred square feet, Dutes set out to create a more permanent exhibition, and so the Tlell Stone Circle was born!
The Tlell Stone Circle, which is arranged as an energy circle, features eight local geological specimens, ranging from 62 to 200 million years in age – with some of the fossils dating back to the time of the dinosaurs! Each specimen represents one of eight sacred directions and was collected by Dutes over a 15-year period.
Each piece is welded in a custom-shaped steel encasing and sits on a cement column. The design of the Circle is very interactive and each piece can be moved with the lightest of touch for a 360-degree view. The cement columns sit up to six feet into the earth and are rooted in sand from Tlell’s East Beach. In the middle of the Circle sits a basalt rock, which resembles the shape of the sacred Shiva Lingams of India.
Since its creation, visitors from around the world have been drawn to the vibrational energies of this sacred space.
The Energetic Significance of the Tlell Stone Circle
In 2016, Doctor of Acupuncture and Natural Medicine, Neil Blacklock, contacted Dutes regarding his research on the Earth’s energy vortexes. A vortex is a place in nature where the earth’s energy is more dynamic. The energy can be reflected in a tremendous amount of natural beauty created by the elements of land, light, air, and water.
In his research, Neil considers Haida Gwaii, particularly the Gwaii Haanas Vortex, to be possibly one of the most powerful vortexes in the world. The increased energy of these islands, amplified by the Gwaii Haanas Vortex, provides further reinforcement for the special energy and connection that locals and visitors alike experience in Haida Gwaii.
After connecting with Dutes, Neil studied the Tlell Stone Circle’s coordinates and found that it is connected via a ley line to the Gwaii Haanas Vortex. In his research, Neil considers the Tlell Stone Circle to be a light portal, which further reinforces its sacred location that Dutes intuitively choose years prior. Additionally, when using copper dowsing rods, the movement of these rods often intersect to support the presence of special energy.
Let’s look back at the work required behind the Tlell Stone Circle and its opening ceremony in 1992.