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Essentially composed of petroglyphs, this art generally consists of fine incisions made on slate rocks along the shores of lakes and rivers.
Some of them are found in KEJIMKUJIK NATIONAL PARK, at Medway River and Mac Gowan Lake, and in southwest Nova Scotia.
It has been showed that in painting sites, the arrangement of symbols corresponds to the ordering of the spiritual world in different levels: the THUNDERBIRDS above, humans and other animals in the middle, and the underworld beings (the Horned Snake or MISHIPESHU, the big lynx) at the inferior level.
The Herschel Site in Saskatchewan contains petroglyphs that could pertain to the oldest rock art tradition in North America, whereas the black paintings of the Swift Current Creek Site are unique in the country.They depict spiritual icons such as Thunderbird or shaman figures.Some narratives have also been illustrated: this is the case of a complex, four-metre long battle scene showing a camp circle, mounted warriors, tipis, guns, and shot.Many pictographs have been found on isolated boulders and rocky outcrops along the foothills near Calgary.At WRITING-ON-STONE Provincial Park in southern Alberta, there is an extensive series of small-scale petroglyphs incised on the sandstone bluffs of the Milk River.