I know, I already told you about glorious Writing-on-Stone, but now I’m going to force you to hear about it again! This time I was there on business, well sort of. A friend is doing her thesis research at the park and I was invited to come play/help record the rock art at various sites along the north side of the river. We even spent a full day in the restricted area (which incidentally is where some of the best pictographs are located of course).
A graffiti cleaning program was attempted at various locations throughout the park and it was interesting to see the limited success of that. They were attempting to remove the modern graffiti but in some instances inadvertently removed portions of the older/original graffiti done by the First Nations.
Some of the designs are so subtle that they appear and disappear depending on the changing light throughout the day and throughout the year. Which seems to pair well with the First Nations belief that many of the pictographs were put there by the spirits, so it is only fitting that they appear and disappear as the spirits see fit.
We also had the additional benefit of having 3 people of completely different heights out at the same time – each of us could often easily identify things from our angle that the other two were just not seeing.
We also took several pictures and put them into a program called Dstretch which allowed us to play around with various setting and pull out some of the more subtle red ochre designs that our eyes were only marginally able to pick out.
We’re hoping to head to the south side and do a bunch of recording there as well, there is supposed to be a fantastic thunderbird cave over there!