Anishinaabe Rock Art


The term Anishinaabe is one used by Algonquian-speaking peoples to describe themselves.  The Innu, the Malecite, the Algonquin, the Mississauga, the Ojibwe (Chippewa in the U.S.), the Cree, the Oji-Cree, and the Ottawa are some of the indigenous nations belonging to this widespread cultural family. Just click on any of the titles below to access the related post.

Anishinaabe Pictograph Sites of the Canadian Shield

Aboriginal Pictograph Sites In Quebec

Anishinaabe Pictograph Sites In Ontario  as well as specific posts on

Anishinaabe Pictograph Sites In Manitoba

Indigenous Pictograph Sites In Saskatchewan

American Indian Pictograph Sites of the Border States

The above posts all deal with pictographs “painted” with a hematite powder/fish oil mix. The post below details perhaps the Canadian Shield’s largest collection of petroglyphs – i.e. images carved into the rock face.

The Peterborough Petroglyphs: Building Over An Algonkian Ritual Site

16 Responses to Anishinaabe Rock Art

  1. Kevin Richards, MUSKIE Magazine says:

    I really enjoy your site. I would like to contact you via email as I am writing an article about rock art within a portion of the Shield and would like to mention your site and possibly use one of the maps or photos. Thanks!

    • true_north says:

      Kevin, it’s always nice to hear that someone else is interested in the pictographs! Needless to say, I have no objection to you mentioning my site – it may mean that others will also be introduced to a fascinating aspect of Canoe Country – aka The Canadian Shield. It was perhaps a year and a half ago (March of 2013) that I first got somewhat obsessed with what are mostly Anishinaabe rock paintings thanks to a canoe trip that took us through Cliff Lake in Wabakimi.

      I should mention that some of the maps you see on my site are not mine to give you permission to use! I am sure that I am breaking some sort of copyright law in using them but felt that my positive and non-commercial use of them outweighed whatever legal wrong I was committing. How is that for a rationalization!

      As for the pictures, they are 99% mine with one or two having been forwarded to me by fellow canoe trippers. You’re more than welcome to make use of any photo that would help you in your article. I would be able to forward you a larger file if the one you download directly from the net is not good enough for publishing purposes.

      I gather that Muskie is a magazine aimed at folks into fishing. Northwest Ontario has got to be a fisherman’s dream destination. Sad to say, neither my brother or I are into fishing! I know – what a waste…so many incredible lakes and no fishing rods.

      If you want, you can get in touch with me here – – if you have any further questions. Thanks again for your interest.

      • Kevin Richards, MUSKIE Magazine says:

        Thanks so much! You’ll be hearing from me via email within the next week or two.
        MUSKIE is the official publication of Muskies, Inc. It is a conservation and fishing organization dedicated to muskies; most of our members live in the US. We cooperate with Muskies Canada, a very similar organization with chapters throughout the range of the muskellunge in Canada. Both organizations practice nearly 100% catch and release of muskies.

      • Kevin Richards, MUSKIE Magazine says:

        Peter, thanks for sharing your knowledge! Here’s a link to my story:

      • true_north says:

        Kevin, informative article and nice pix. Thanks for reminding me that I need to get to Quetico and Lake of the Woods to see some of the many sites you mention.

  2. Christine says:

    Hi there!

    I’m Anishinaabe, working for an Algonquin organization. Would appreciate getting in touch. Feel free to e-mail me.

    • true_north says:

      From your brief bio I see we are interested in many of the same things. English and History were my teaching subjects in high school for 35 years!

      I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to email me with any questions or suggestions or comments you might have. will do the trick.

  3. tom jan and dustin says:

    I’ve been doing something wrong??? I’ve been trying to make a connection. My wife my son and I have photographed “many” sites and would like to share?? Perhaps iv reached out on the wrong site?

    • true_north says:

      Fantastic, Tom! nice to hear you would like to share. You didn’t say that in your original comment. i wasn’t sure what you were getting at so thanks for the clarification. Some folks who write me are interested but not keen on sharing; a few are upset because I make the locations more public; most appreciate the fact that this info is now available on line.

      Now – What would you like to do with the images? Given that I didn’t know what you were getting at, I made three suggestions –

      1. do nothing – i.e. keep them to yourself and allow others the thrill of discovering them on their own;

      2. set up your own web page like I have done;

      3. send the jpg files to me and I can work with them – and with you – and put them out there for all to see and find.

      If you’re interested, let me know what you have in mind! It sounds like you’ve got some great pix that folks all across the world could see.

  4. Sandra Widmer says:

    I’m a Swiss Climber and my dream is to be one day on the top of Fitz Roy. I’m very fascinated about this mountain and also of your pic you made of the mountain chain Fitz Roy…. Cerro Torre. I would love to have that pic to make a personal poster 160 x 100cm +/- for my home. Would it be possible to buy your pic for a decent price in a good enough quality? Please let me know…….. hoping I can buy it…..
    Kind regards

    • true_north says:

      Sandra, nice to hear the photo appealed to you. I am just not sure which one you mean since I have posted a few of Cerro Torre.

      If you could email me a small copy of the one you like I will send you the original jpg file.

      By the way, no need for $ – the thought that someone liked it enough to print it is enough!

  5. Please email me about permission to use one of your photographs in a textbook.

    • true_north says:

      Kevin, it would be no problem to use one of my photos. Just let me know which one you have in mind so I can be sure it is actually one my brother or I took. About 1% of the pictograph images in my various posts are not mine to give permission to use!

  6. lloydwalton says:

    My book about my sixteen year seach for ancient knowledge found in pictographs and petroglyphs and the rewards and consequences is now out. An often funny, often moving , often dangerous odyssey. CHASING THE MUSE: CANADA Now available from Friesen Press, and in a few weeks, Barnes and Noble, Kindle, Chapters/indigo and Amazon. I wish I knew how to post an attachment .

  7. lloydwalton says:

    Greetings We talked some time about it and the book is out. CHASING THE MUSE: CANADA. The story builds to my sixteen-year search for ancient wisdom found in Ontario pictographs and petroglyphs. It was an often moving, often funny, often dangerous odyssey. The rewards and consequences were unexpected and revelatory.

    • true_north says:

      Lloyd, thanks for the reminder! I just reserved one of six copies in the Toronto Public Library system and it should get to my local branch in a few days. Just enough time to finish my current book – one titled Stoicism And The Art of Happiness.

      Lloyd Walton. Chasing The Muse. 2019.

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