Big Indian Rock Petroglyphs

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Comparative interpretations of symbols found at Little Indian Rock.

The figures upon Big Indian Rock are probably contemporaneous with those upon Little Indian. Many of the symbols have been completely destroyed by vandals. Others have eroded to such an extent that it was impossible to trace the complete figure. 

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Updated image of Donald Cadzow’s Big Indian Rock diagram highlighting modern water levels.

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Indeterminate.

2.

Indeterminate.

3.

Axe.
Likely a newer carving.

4.

Indeterminate.

5.



Wendigo?
According to legend, the wendigo was once a lost hunter. During a brutally cold winter, the man’s intense hunger drove him to cannibalism. After feasting on another man’s flesh, he transformed into a crazed man-beast, roaming the forest in search of more people to eat.
It is said that the wendigo is always hungry and never satisfied with his cannibalistic urges. Obsessed with hunting for new victims, he is forever hungry until he’s eating another person.
Details vary depending on who you ask. Some people who have encountered the beast say it’s a relative of Bigfoot. Others compare the wendigo to a werewolf sometimes with deer antlers. Regardless, everyone agrees that his body is gaunt to the point of emaciation with its skin pulled tightly over its bones.
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6.


Thunderbird. 
Crawling or swimming gods brought evil. Thunder and lightning were supposed to be produced by birds of enormous size. These beings created thunder by flapping their wings and lightning by opening and closing their eyes. The downpour which generally accompanies thunder was accounted for by a lake of freshwater the bird carried upon its back and shook out when it flapped its wings. Some Algonkian tribes had only one thunderbird. Among others, there was a family of them represented in various sizes and colors.

7.

Woman giving birth.
Person in a canoe?

8.

Indeterminate.

9.

Four-legged animal.

10.

Indeterminate.

11.

The spot marked “fire pit” on the drawing showed that many fires had been made there. Whether they were ceremonial fires of the Native Americans or built by shad fishermen is questionable.

12.

Four-legged animal.

13.

Human footprint.

14.

Four-legged animal.

15.

Four-legged animal.
Perhaps a fox.

16.


Indeterminate.

17.

Indeterminate.

18.

Long-legged, long-tailed animal.

19.

Indeterminate.

20.

Four-legged, long-tailed animal.

21.

Indeterminate.
Animal?

22.

Indeterminate.

23.

Indeterminate.

24.

Four-legged animal
Otter?

25.

Indeterminate.

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Updated image of Donald Cadzow’s Big Indian Rock diagram highlighting modern water levels.

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