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September 19, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Peninsula tribe cleans up graffiti on sacred rock

This July 25th photo shows graffiti on the sacred Jamestown S'Klallam site of Tamanowas Rock. Joe Smillie / Peninsula Daily News)

This July 25th photo shows graffiti on the sacred Jamestown S’Klallam site of Tamanowas Rock. (Joe Smillie / Peninsula Daily News)

CHIMACUM, Wash. — A team from the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe recently cleaned up a sacred rock that had been tagged with a pink-and-white “I (heart) Miranda” graffiti.

The Peninsula Daily News reports tribe officials learned in July of the tag on Tamanowas Rock, one of the tribe’s most sacred sites. The 43-million-year-old rock was used as a lookout for hunters, for refuge from reported tsunamis and for quests of spiritual renewal by tribal youths. Tamanowas is made up of a pair of basalt masses that shoot up through a dense forest.

It took the team of five a whole day to hike in the supplies and clean up the tag. The tag was cleaned using a product called Elephant Snot, which is used by cemeteries to clean up graffiti from headstones.

The same tag also has been painted on the side of the Uptown Theatre in Port Townsend.

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