|A wide, green valley, steep sandstone cliffs, strange rock formations called
All of these make the Milk River Valley a special place. For thousands of years,
this unique environment drew native people to traditional camping spots along the Milk River
where they found shelter, water, and a great abundance of game and berries.
|This valley was also significant for another reason. The native people believed that all things in the world were charged with supernatural powers. In this strange valley, the cliffs and hoodoos were the home of powerful spirits, spirits with the ability to help people who came to pray at this sacred place.|
|Archaeological evidence indicates that native people camped at Writing-On-Stone
as long as 3000 years ago. For centuries, native people created petroglyphs (rock carvings)
and pictographs (rock paintings) on the sandstone cliffs along the Milk River.
Although some of the rock art may be 3000 years old, the date of the first appearance
of rock art at Writing-On-Stone remains uncertain.
|This petroglyph shows a person on horseback, hunting a bison. Horse were not introduced to the northern plains until about 1730 AD.|
|This panel shows two human figures carved into the rock surface (petroglyphs) as well as some red ochre paint in between indicated the feathers of two arrows.|
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|Vandalism and graffiti threaten to destroy this record of native culture and history.|