Our first learning adventure on the road was a visit to Writing On Stone Provincial Park near Milk River, AB. It was the perfect stop because it is only a few kilometers from the US/Canada border. I am so glad that we decided to stop here. The Visitor’s Centre has a lot to explore that explains who did the petroglyphs and pictographs at Writing On Stone, some of their culture and what the drawings mean. We also paid the additional fee ($19 for adults and $11 for kids) to get a guided tour to the preserve to see the petroglyphs. The tour was well worth the money since it is the only way you get to experience the petroglyphs plus the tour guide was great.
I’ll hand it over to Evan to tell you what he learned!
This is the sticks game. It was almost forgotten. It was really fun. It was made by the blackfoot just like pretty much every thing else at writing on stone.
You press a button matching witch the simbols and it tells you the name of that word in blackfoot.
This is a hoodoo they are really tall. You even get to climb on them as you can see in the first image on this post. Hoodoos are made when soft sandstone erodes leaving a spire with an iron stone cap.
This is a shield warrior. the circle is a shield and you can see his head and feet.
This is a picture of one of the paintings on writing on stone. They use computers to make it so you can see the paintings better.
This is a carving of a war. My favorite warrior is the shield warrior with the helmet.