Every seen a place like this? Well, you can right here in North America. It's not far from where my parents grew up and it is a place I spent a great
deal of time as a kid. The mazes of hoodoos were fortesses and alien landscape all in one, so I decided to share this great place with all of you. The
things about the area are astounding, and maybe many of you have no clue to the treasures that can be found here.
Southern Alberta, Canada is home to beautiful rolling prairies that extend as far as you can see. To the far East is the Rocky Mountains and to the
south, Montana's Sweetgrass Hills. As you travel this land, you can suddenly find the unexpected. The sudden spectacle of Writing-On-Stone.
The whole experience is like stumbling upon a castle in the middle of nowhere. Finding a building in the middle of the desert. Suddenly you decend
down, seemingly into the earth.
The last ice age ended 11,000 years ago, raging torrents of melting mountain water turned into a river which sliced the soft sandstone which had been
deposited 80 million years earlier, on what had been a shallow marine area. I have personal knowledge of this because as a kid, my father found a
fossilized Trilobyte shell in a field.
The Milk River was named such by the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1805 - 1806. It was named the Milk River because it looked like tea with milk mixed
in it. The steep and immense canyon with its exposed cliffs, some as high as 50 metres (164 feet), is simply amazing to see. The enire place is a
landscape is both compelling and forbidding at the same time. In daytime, its a garden of shadows.
One cannot help but feel that Writing-On-Stone is a supernaturally charged place. It just has a feel when you are there.
Several hundred years ago, the people of the Blackfoot Nation began to dominate this land. My foster-brother was pure Blackfoot, and I grew up knowing
many members of the tribal nation. In this part of the country it's not uncommon to take a left instead of a right, and drive to a places such as
"Head-smashed-in" to see where the buffalo would be run in droves off a cliff. The Blackfoot named this particular area Aisinai’pi, which means "it
has been written." What they found (and what they themselves added to) were hundreds of petroglyphs
(rock carvings) and pictographs
It's the largest single concentration of native rock art on the North American plains. Evidence suggests that people have been at Writing-On-Stone
for at least 3,000 years, but most of the rock art is between 100 to 500 years old. Some though may be as old as 1,000 years.
The petroglyphs, incised, using sharpened bone or stone and the pictographs, painted using ochre – iron ore mixed with water, record the ceremonial
and biographical details of life during another time. There are the accomplishments of successful hunters and warriors, the weapons they used (bows
and spears), the animals they hunted (bison, bear ,mountain sheep, deer and antelope) and the enemies they killed. The native people believed that all
things in the world were charged with supernatural powers. In this strange valley, the cliffs and hoodoos were the home of powerful spirits, spirits
with the ability to help people who came to pray at this sacred place.
This is the GLYPH of the Pleides Star cluster
It is one interesting location that still has drawings of unknown origin. There are places within a days drive that have the greatest dinosaur fossil
finds in North America. There is even a small area not far from here, where the glaciers missed in their travels and some plants and a few insects,
that are nowhere else around.