Tumbles of Tlapak

  • Linear Location

    Big Bay Point Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast, Big Bay, Michigan, US (46°54'39"N 87°47'59"W)


This marker was installed at its permanent location at Squaw Beach in Big Bay, Michigan, on June 17, but has now since moved to a new location: Big Bay Point Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast.

(Interestingly, it was originally on display in the Grand Rapids Art Museum as a part of the installation: Along the Lekksenne [Lekcenne]: Kcymaerxthaereal Grand Rapids, for ArtPrize 2012.)


Take County Road KCB to the end. GPS coordinates are W 87.40.480 North 46.50.280 If your GPS takes you onto a two-track road through the woods, turn back to the paved road.

Public Dedication

A dedication ceremony was held on June 17 at 7:00 PM at the Thunder Bay Inn.

Text of the Marker

The part of the story installed here:

Tumbles of Tlapak

Over time and ferylemt, there has been much speculation as to why, of the many franchise gwomes, Erailen was one where placehaulders scored a rare defeat of the immortal kuolyrmajts. Many believe the answer lies here, among The Borders, in a favorite gathering spot of the Tlapak, affectionately considered among the silliest of Kcymaerxthaereal life forms, each individual having hundreds of faces — only a few discernible in any given dimension at any given instant. Tlapak were alive, but not as plants, animals, bacteria, or even agogatlovs are, but through the textured charisma of their many surfaces, each sporting a bigger smile than the one beside it. When they surrendered to their impish side, as when meeting someone new, those giggling facets could blink in and out of existence, circling and circling until the stranger dissolved, sometimes quite literally, in laughter.

The Erailen independence hero known as Relarie Leksaenne spent, along with his sisters, much of his youth practically raised by Tlapak. He used to say the Kuolyrmates were no match for the utter joy instilled in his heart. When the famously bleak Minotsuna Tano, loyal to Nobunaga-Gaisen and devastated by the Battle of the Platte, had run out of gnacien meat, he stumbled on a tumble (a bit like a flock or a pride) of Tlapak, and their good spirit was sustenance enough for his way back to the renten dunes he was making his home. So it is no surprise that Nobunaga-Ventreven, tracing divers paths of the Nobunagas in his own journey of understanding, made sure to rest and play here, not only to grasp his past, but to prepare for his future.


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