Anishinaabe Pictograph Sites of Manitoba

In Anishinaabe Pictograph Sites of the 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 the Canadian province or U.S. area where the pictographs are found. This is definitely a work in progress and I hope that more research and the help of interested readers fellow canoe trippers will lead to the addition of more sites.

All blue text leads to a map,  more info and/or pix with a click.

Manitoba Pictograph Sties (as of 1964)…map from Dewdney's Stone Age Paintings

Manitoba Pictograph Sites (as of 1964!)…map from Dewdney’s Stone Age Paintings (1965)

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)

Berens River System (Fishing Lake)

Download here the section of Stone Age Paintings dealing with the two Fishing Lake sites and the one below Bushey Lake (Bloodvein river system)

Berens River (Horseshoe Lake below Manitou Rapids)

Berens River (Big Moose Falls)

Bigshell Lake

Bloodvein rock paintings below Bushey Lake

Bloodvein rock paintings below Bushey Lake – see here for more discussion

Bloodvein River (below Bushey Lake) –  click here to see my post on canoeing the Bloodvein for  images and discussion of the site just below the rapids from Bushey Lake and on Stonehouse Lake

Bloodvein River (Stonehouse Lake) – two sites

Bloodvein River (Kautunigan Lake) –  We paddled by the site on Day 11 of our trip down the Bloodvein. See here for pix and discussion of the site.

Bloodvein Pictograph just south of the new bridge crossing the Bloodvein

Bloodvein Pictograph just south of the new bridge crossing the Bloodvein

Bloodvein River (near mouth at Lake Winnipeg) – two sites

Churchill River – an estimated 25 sites along the Man. stretch

Churchill River (Opachuanau Lake – Oil Drum Site)

Churchill River (Opachuanau Lake – Face Site)

Churchill River  (Opachuanau Lake  – Caribou Nest Site)   –  about 6 km  downstream  from Leaf Rapids

Fishing Lake – two sites recorded by Dewdney (his Sites #204 and 205) located on the    Berens River east of the lake and just above Manitou Rapids. See here for the topo.

Grass River (Tramping Lake) – more info here and exact location here

Hayes River (Knee Lake) – location near this lodge

High Rock Narrows – and here for Site #2

Lenallen Lake

Manigotagan River (Long Lake) – brief Canadian Canoe Routes forum  thread

Molson Lake (see Paimusk Creek)

North Oxford Lake (Hayes River)

paimusk pictographs-2

Paimusk Creek (Molson Lake)

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.

Sassaginnigak Lake

Tramping Lake – see also Grass River for info. Check out  Stan Milosevic’s pix at this site. (Link dead as of August 2016.) See here for image and gps coordinates.

Upper Molson River

A recent (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.  While most 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.

a drawing from Dewdney’s Stone Age Painting (1965)

Your comments and questions are always appreciated, as are any suggestions on how to make this post more useful to future travellers. Just drop me a line or two!

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