When the Ancestors Join You On a Fishing Trip


Ingrid and I recently returned from our annual trip to Ontario where we took in a week of fishing. We have been going there for over ten years now. As always, it's very beautiful there and we greatly enjoy our time on the water.

This year was different though. We didn't go to this location last year. We fulfilled a bucket list item of mine last year by taking a remote fly in fishing trip to north central Quebec. It was our first experience traveling in a float plane and we were two hundred miles from the nearest town for a full week. Propane refrigerator, manual flush toilet. lake water showers or in my case a skinny dip in the lake to bathe and no cell phone coverage at all. Totally unplugged. I can't wait to do it again. But, I digress.

As most of you know it was just over two years ago that the Ancestors brought me to Bear Spirit Mountain and began revealing their amazing Ceremonial/Burial site to me. I have learned so much in that short time and they have been wonderfully patient with me as they show me what they want me to know. I am sure they sometimes roll their eyes when I miss something or don't get it the first time. As my wonderfully patient wife will tell you, my head can be thick sometimes. :)

As we arrived at our destination in Ontario we were only thinking of enjoying our time there. But, when the Ancestors choose to reveal something I have learned to tune in.

I know this lake well. I know where the fish are usually holding. I know the water depths in many areas. I know the drop offs and points. And for many years in the past I was looking right at Indian rock art without understanding what I was seeing. Until now.. Now, this trip became as much about discovery as it did fishing.

Right about the third day we were leaving our cottage area in our small boat which is located at the mouth of the Gananoque River. This river eventually finds its way to the St Lawrence River and is also connected to Red Horse Lake to the north east. As I navigated to where the river actually joins the lake I looked to my right. I don't know why, as I usually don't. But located on a point that sticks out into the lake/river confluence I saw this image of a mans face. I recognize "what" he was doing because we have the same type glyph s at our site and at Short Mountain. This is a "Watcher." He is looking out over the main body of the lake. He was placed there to give the Warriors confidence as they were navigating to the lake to hunt for mink, beaver, moose, bear and to catch fish and fresh water muscles for food. When a Watcher glyph is carved the Shaman will place a friendly Spirit in this stone to help protect and watch over the men as they perform their tribal duties.

The location of this glyph at the confluence of a river and large lake was intentional. The river was used as a transportation waterway to the St Lawrence rive which feeds into both the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Ontario. The lake of course provides the food and other resources such as furs, hard stones for tools, and burial sites.

I passed this glyph and decided I have to check this out again the next day up close. I wanted to be sure this had the markings of man's hands and not just a natural phenomenon. The next day I pulled the boat right up against it only five feet away and showed Ingrid. She agreed that it was definitely man made. This glyph is a "side only" profile glyph. Meaning the Warriors can only see this left side of a face from their canoes as they left the river and entered the lake. If you look at straight on you see a semblance of a face but not a clear image. The side profile was created intentionally so the Warriors can only see it from the right side of their canoe as they exit the river and enter the lake. It was put there for them. To watch over them, protect them from harm and to help them provide resources for their tribe. And just as they did when the Warriors passed by, I slowed my boat to pay my respect to it every time I passed it for the remainder of the trip.

The "Watcher" Outline Glyph

The second glyph I found was actually several miles from the lake. It is next to the river. As we were driving I was scanning rocks (as I always do) and saw a face poking out from a line of rock outcrops. At first, from the road, it was hard to identify. So, I pulled over and entered a field just below the outcrops.

When I got within about 50 feet I could see it was a petroglyph of a fish head. Fish are not unique as we have several fish carvings at our site and at Short Mountain as well. And, considering what a valuable resource it is even to this day it was even more valuable to the Ancestors as a food and tool resource as many of the fish bones and teeth were used to make tools. This area and almost all of south east Canada is blessed with a tremendous fishery and of course that is what brought us there in the first place for so many years.

Fish Head Petroglyph Near Gananoque River in Ontario, Canada

My last glyph that I discovered was one that our dear friend and fishing lodge owner Bob asked me to check out and confirm. It is located on the lake in a section called "the narrows." This area has a very large line of rock cliffs that are very old. Many large chunks of these cliffs have broken off over millennia and rolled down to the lake's edge and even into the lake.

The particular boulder that Bob suspected of having been carved on is well known to many of the locals. So well known, that someone humorously painted white teeth at the bottom of the mouth. What is striking about this outline glyph is the sheer size of the boulder. It was a massive piece that broke of from its parent cliff. It is over thirty feet tall and twenty feet wide. And, as in so many cases the artist simply took the existing shape and carved around it to create an image. The image though is a bit strange. It is either a odd looking image of a mans face. Or, it is an image of a Ape's face. Specifically the profile of a Gorilla face similar to the two Gorilla glyph s I found at Bear Spirit Mountain. Of course, this will be controversial because Ape's supposedly went extinct in North America over 100,000 years ago according to science.

Despite Archaeologist and Scientists tell us "we have no bone or fossil record of Apes being here after 100,000 years ago" glyph s and paintings are being found all around North America. My friend Rocky in New Brunswick, Canada ( https://www.rockartmuseum.com/ ), has several examples of portable rock art glyph s of Ape faces and he is just east of Ontario.

I am not here to stoke the fires of controversy. It is up to the people with the long titles and fancy degrees to explain why we have these ancient art images of an primate that is not supposed to have been here. I just find them and record them.

Outline Glyph of Man or Ape Face on Gananoque Lake