Petroglyphs and Pictographs from Canada - Western Canadian Rock Art

Michel-Natal (also known as McGillivray Shelter), British Columbia

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This site of Michel-Natal in (also known as McGillivray Shelter) in British Columbia has two separate human-like figures that are slowly fading away.
 
From what I've read these pictographs are typical of traditional Columbia Plateau Art and it is believed they represent dreams and the acquisition of spiritual power, likely obtained during a Vision Quest.

Skaha Lake, Penticton, British Columbia

 
This site, commonly known as the Braeside Site, is near the shoreline of Skaha Lake. Considering the size of the panel, it is believed that many different people added to this painting over many years. Unlike a lot of paintings that were related to puberty rituals, Braeside may have been a record of a particularly successful hunt or hunts. It's possible that this stretch of Skaha Lake was prime hunting territory and after a successful hunt it was common to stop at Braeside and share their story through art. There is also a theory that involves magic where painting a picture of a successful hunt could help ensure a successful hunt would happen.
 
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Sproat Lake, Sproat Lake Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, BC

 
The panel of petroglyphs at Sproat Lake is one of the finest examples of prehistoric art in the entire province. The panel, called K'ak'awin by local First Nation people, contains nine separate petroglyphs each representing a different sea creature. It is believed that the deep smooth grooves were created with a sharpened stick using wet sand as an abrasive material. Considering the Hipacasath People historically occupied the surrounding land, it is likely they are the ones who created the artwork. One of the designs may represent Haietlik or Hahektoak, a mythical sea serpent with a huge mouth and teeth. This creature appears frequently in Pacific Coast art and mythology.
 
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Additional Information

 
Parks Canada Archaeology http://www.pc.gc.ca/progs/arch/page8/iuin-juin/reves-dreams.aspx
DStretch Homepage http://www.dstretch.com
Rock Art in Canada http://www.native-art-in-canada.com/rock-art.html
Historic Canada http://www.thecanadianencvclopedia.ca/en/article/pictographs-and-petroglvphs/

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