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Mystery Cache

Chronicles | Honor a Hmong Many

A cache by seldom|seen
Hidden : 7/7/2008
In Wisconsin, United States
Difficulty:
3 out of 5
Terrain:
1 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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CACHE COORDINATES N44°AB.CDE W88°FG.HIJ

I was caching with QWERTY recently and the topic of this cache came up in conversation. He then made an astute observation: Of all the native and ethnic arts we are familiar with, the story-telling represented in recent Hmong Needlework leaves little to the imagination. If the story is one of being held at gunpoint, then that is exactly what is depicted in their needlework. This style of representing events came about as a direct result of Hmong women switching form the traditional style of needlework, that was pattern based, to this new style of detailing an account of their lives in concentration camps during the Vietnam era in an attempt to preserve it. You can truly appreciate the harrowing journey this misunderstood segment of our population has taken throughout history by studying this needlework enlargement for even a short period of time.

This cache is meant to give you some insights into their struggle, their culture and their daily lives that we may understand our Hmong neighbors a little bit better.

The coordinates will bring you to a mural (rendering of an actual quilt) on the exterior of the Hmong-American Partnership center in Appleton. You can either answer the questions about the mural, which is Solve A, or you can answer the questions about their history and culture which is Solve B.

Solve A mural questions:
There are A Pegasae in China and H elephants in Burma.
There are B white planes in the USA and I white planes and D helicopters in Laos
There are F tanks getting C bombs dropped on them.
There are G Hmong floating in the Mekhong River using branches and E Hmong and guards waiting at the checkpoint to get into the USA.
There are J buildings behind the fortress wall in the Hmong homeland.

Solve B cultural questions:
There are B spirits that are important to Hmong households, C of which are honored based on calendar years.
The traditional Hmong New Year lasted F weeks and was celebrated in December when the moon was darkest and the rice was harvested.
The Hmong word for G is "tsib"
Laos fell to the French in AEIC
AD,000 Hmong soldiers were killed in the Viet Nam war fighting alongside the US and against the communists
There are AE different clans in Hmong society, AH of which are larger in number than the other J
A Hmong person is believed to have C souls which separate at death. (use smaller number of 2 possibilities).

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Last Updated: on 3/18/2014 5:09:53 PM Pacific Daylight Time (12:09 AM GMT)
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