ROCK ART OF THE NATIVE CULTURE NIPIGON BAY CLIFFS
Slides from the Nipigon Historical Museum Archives
|Photo taken before 1972. Note the pulpwood storage. |
The small, bare-rock area bottom left on cliff is a rock painting area.
|Paintings in Red Ochre (haemetite) |
mixed with possibly Sturgeon fish "glue".
|At the time the Magna Carta was signed the peoples of this area|
were living in what the archeaolgists term as
The Terminal Woodland Cultural Period.
|The "glue" bonded to the rock so well |
that over 500 years later the paintings are still visible.
|As you can see some of them were fading out. |
Since this photo...
Over 40 years have passed for man's air pollution
and nature's lichen to work against them.
|The Blackduck and Selkirk Indians |
of the Terminal Woodland Period
are either descendants of the Laurel people
or a people who moved into this region from the south.
They could be a bit of both.
|Cast shadows are likely from the boat used by the photographer. |
The afternoon sun was a great light source.
This is the most famous of our 'Picture Rock Paintings"
Besides the cliffs some other places the paintings were found.