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My wife Louisa McKay, son Clevalden and myself Clinton Cross mine the turquoise in Cripple Creek, Colorado from the Burtis Blue Mine, also known as the Florance Mine. 
  
​I am a native from the Missisquoi of the Abenaki Nation and believe in the spirituality of the turquoise stone, and believe that turquoise should not be treated in anyway or it would lose its affects. Turquoise is a healing stone, giving stone, the Sky Stone and a December stone, and turquoise is the first stone to have value amongst the Indigenous people  to make jewelry and trade. This stone was also found to be used by the Egyptians dating back to 5,000 BC.