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In Anishinaabe Pictograph Sites of The Canadian Shield, I provided an introduction to this series of posts. What you are looking at here is one of the posts dealing with a Canadian province or U.S. area where the indigenous rock paintings are found. This is definitely a work in progress and I hope that more research and the help of interested readers and fellow canoe trippers will lead to the addition of more sites.
All blue text leads to a map, more info and/or pix.
Atik Bay – see Sasaginnigak Lake
Berens River (just above Manito Rapids and Fishing Lake) …Dewdney writes in Stone Age Paintings (1965), published by the Government of Manitoba’s Dep’t. of Mines and Natural Resources (Parks Branch) –
Of the two sites found on fingers of the southeast arm of Fishing Lake only a couple of miles apart, one is small and badly obscured by lichen….The other, consisting of a single face some four feet square that is reproduced in figure 13, has a remarkable ruddy appearance, contrasting strongly with the surrounding rock…(p.28)
Download here the section of Stone Age Paintings dealing with the two Fishing Lake sites and the one below Bushey Lake (Bloodvein river system)
Bloodvein River (Stonehouse Lake) – two sites
Bloodvein River (near mouth at Lake Winnipeg) – two sites
Churchill River – an estimated 25 sites along the Man. stretch
Churchill River (Opachuanau Lake – Caribou Nest Site) – about 6 km downstream from Leaf Rapids
Manigotagan River (Long Lake) – brief Canadian Canoe Routes forum thread. Essential reading: pp. 9-21 of Steinbring. Aboriginal Rock Painting Sites in Manitoba. 1998 in Manitoba Archaeological Journal (Volume 8. Nos 1-2)
Molson Lake (see Paimusk Creek)
North Oxford Lake (Hayes River)
Paimusk Creek (Molson Lake inflow) – Bob Henderson mentions 100 images. His text has the creek spelled as Paimish and Paimisk. See here for some excellent research on the northern Ojibwe migration to the Norway House area.
Sasaginnigak Lake – Of the main site (see map) Steinbring writes that it is likely “the largest single rock painting site in Manitoba”. He identifies nine panels stretch out over 200 meters (with a 75-meter gap between Panels VIII and IX). See pp. 21-51 of his Aboriginal Rock Painting Sites in Manitoba in the Manitoba Archaeological Journal (1998-Volume 8. Nos 1-2)) for a fascinating examination of the site and parallels with images from other sites in Manitoba and beyond.
There are two other sites on Sasaginnigak Lake; one is on Atik Bay, just to the west of the major site described above. See here for a topo map view – exact location still not determined. Third site unknown…
Tramping Lake – see also Grass River for info.
Upper Molson River – no info at present
A June 2014 find on the internet was a 1965 publication titled Stone Age Paintings published by the Department of Mines and Resources of the Province of Manitoba.
The writer/ illustrator is none other than Selwyn Dewdney. Most of the digital formats of the booklet only have the text of the original publication; the pdf format reproduces the entire booklet, images and all. While it is fifty years old, It is still worth looking through Dewdney’s drawings and descriptions of the various sites. Access it here.
Aboriginal Rock Painting Sites in Manitoba.1998.
In late April 2017, I came across a reference to this –
- a Jack Steinbring piece titled Aboriginal Rock Painting Sites in Manitoba in the 1998 volume of Manitoba Archaeological Journal (Volume 8. Nos 1-2)
I had read a brief article of his on the massive and impossible-to-miss Bloodvein moose – the one we somehow paddled right by at the end of our trip down the Bloodvien without even seeing!
On finding a copy of the Journal at the Toronto Reference Library in April 2017, I was amazed to find that the Steinbring “article” actually makes up the entire contents of the Journal for that year! I started reading and after an hour decided to photocopy the entire article so I could bring it home with me. It took a half-hour and $13. to get the job done!
Article? It really should be a book and more widely known and available. It is the best single thing I have found on pictographs in Manitoba!
- 134 pages of text, drawings, and b&w images dealing with a half-dozen sites,
- an extensive bibliography,
- and 35 colour plates.
I’ll have to return to the library to see those plates in full colour!
Its 1998 publishing date also makes it more up-to-date than anything else out there (at least that I am aware of). Here is a list of the specific sites covered –
- The Rice Lake Pictograph – pp. 1-9
- The Long Lake (Manigotogan River system) Pictograph Site – pp. 9-21
- The Sasaginnigak Lake Rock Painting Site – pp. 21- 51
- The Tramping Lake Rock Painting Site – pp. 52-72
- The Paimusk Creek Rock Painting Site – pp. 73-94
- The Leaf Rapids Rock Painting Site – pp.94-123
Not only does Steinbring do a masterful job of describing the images at the various sites; he also makes use of other pictographs from across the Canadian Shield to explain or expand on the issue at hand. Along the way he never fails to acknowledge and describe the work and contributions of those academic researchers and Anishinaabe knowledge-holders who laid the foundation of our understanding of pictographs of the Canadian Shield. Good luck in tracking down your own copy!