Petroglyphs and Pictographs from Canada - Western Canadian Rock Art

Pine Coulee near Nanton, Alberta

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There are two common theories about what the pictographs at this site represent. Archaeologists from the Glenbow Museum feel that the pictograph depicts shield-bearing warriors (similar to the one at the Cochrane Ranche Site) before the introduction of horses.
 
A member of the Blackfoot community, however, feels that the artwork is telling the legend of the Wedding of Napi.

Crowsnest Cave, Crowsnest Lake, Alberta

 
This site holds great spiritual significance for First Nation people. The cave was known to the Blackfoot People as, "where the Oldman comes out of the mountain", referring to the Oldman River. The entrance to the cave was once covered with pictographs, but sadly today they have been badly vandalized by common graffiti and most are all but indecipherable.
 
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Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park, British Columbia

 
The pictographs found on the canyon walls within Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park were most likely painted by the Shuswap People and are closely related to other sites in the area (i.e. Copper Island, Magna Bay).
 
These pictographs are believed to have been painted long before the arrival of Europeans and if you search nearby you will find depressions in the ground that were once kekulis, or pit houses; also built by the Shuswap People.

Blake Point in Magna Bay, Shuswap Lake, British Columbia

 
Like the pictographs in Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park, these are believed to have been painted by the Shuswap People. Unfortunately I do not know anything else about this site, only that it is visible from the water.
 
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Copper Island, Shuswap Lake, British Columbia

 
Much like the Magna Bay site, I don't know the history of these pictographs. The island likely held great significance for the Shuswap People and according to legend Ta Lana, the great bear, sleeps under the island in a large cave. Most of the pictographs on the island have been lost to time, weather, and/or vandalism as only faint, red smudges remain.
 
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