Shannon Glen Park
8191 Shannon Glen Boulevard
Shannon Glen Park is located in the Shannon Glen neighborhood, slightly north of the intersection of Brand and Avery Road. Turn west onto Shannon Glen Boulevard from Avery Road, then continue towards Macken Ct. Shannon Glen Park will be on the west side of the street.
Gahonga Riverbox is not currently on view.
Gahonga was created by artist Terri Maloney Houston in 2016 and is located in Shannon Glen Park.
- Begin your journey by walking west on the paved path.
- On your right, you will pass a place of gathering and a place of play.
- When you come to the point where the paths cross between four large plants, continue forward.
- Cross over the north fork of Indian Run, then stop.
- Turn to your right and notice the large boulders. What’s pushing them apart?
Artist and Credits:
Terri Maloney-Houston is a Central Ohio artist creating both functional, sculptural, and installation pieces primarily from fired and unfired clay. She has exhibited in local and national juried and curated shows, garnering two “Best of Show” awards, three grants from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and a residency at the Penland School of Crafts. In addition to her own work, Maloney-Houston is a passionate advocate of community arts programming and artists in the schools. She has served as a resident artist with both the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center and The Wellington School. Her day job as a Recreation Leader for the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department allows her to facilitate creative experiences for people of all ages and abilities, including a “Teen Clay Academy” summer program.
Like the Irish people, whose capital city is the namesake for Dublin, Ohio; the native Wyandot people had legends of a race of “little people.” The Jogah, or Jungies, are a race of small humanoid nature spirits from Native American folklore. They are usually invisible but sometimes reveal themselves to humans, particularly to children, elders, and medicine people. The Jogah may play tricks, and might even be dangerous to people who disrespect them or their natural home, but they are generally friendly, and will sometimes do favors for people who leave gifts for them.
There are several different types of Jogah. Gahongas (Stone Throwers or Stone Rollers) are earth spirits who live on rocky riverbanks and caves. They are enormously strong and are responsible for moving rocks around the countryside. This Riverbox sculpture, called “Gahonga,” is intended to remind us that strength is not always related to size, and that there is great satisfaction and joy in an honest day’s work.
You can read a story about the Native American Little People by Glenn Welker online at http://www.indigenouspeople.net/littlepe.htm
or in the book: The Deetkatoo : Native American stories about little people / edited by John Bierhorst ; illustrated by Ron Hilbert Coy.