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Friday, September 23, 2016

Ogichidaa - The Face in the Rock

On the way home Lyle and I accidentally managed to see something that I've been wanting to find. A friend in the UP told me about this, but I hadn't seen it.

There is no sign at the road. We just happened to pick this rest stop and discovered interpretive panels near the beach.

In 1820 a likeness of an Nishnaabe Indian was carved in the rock by a French Voyageur who was accompanying Lewis Cass on his exploration that eventually led him to the headwaters of the Mississippi River. The Indian's name was Ogichidaa, Powers of the Air. He was one of the last of the Nishnaabe tribe that lived near here and on Grand Island.

This was the view from the sign. Wonder where the face is?

the Face in the Rock

I scanned the rocks with the telephoto lens, but I didn't know what size of a carving I was looking for.

We decided to walk down the beach.

the Face in the Rock

Can you see it now?

the Face in the Rock

Aha! It is only a little over a foot high. Another sign had warned us it was badly eroded.

the Face in the Rock

Here's what it probably looked like originally. This was on one of the signs.

the Face in the Rock

There is a short book about the history of it all that I have seen, but I don't own it.

And soon I'll be off to work for the night. No sleep tomorrow because there is a local author event I'll be participating in.

See Saturday Sheyenne
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Ann said...

oh wow, that would have been hard to spot but with you showing it I can see a bit of the details

Secondary Roads said...

It certainly requires an interpreter to make out that one.

Christine said...

What a fascinating place and I can just about make out the features!
Lovely to find your blog, I'm your newest follower!

The Oceanside Animals said...

hello sharkbytes its dennis the vizsla dog oh hay wow sumtimes yoo luk at the roks and sumtimes the roks luk at yoo i gess!!! ok bye

Ratty said...

That's pretty cool. It's a shame it wore down over the years. I guess it happens to everything though.

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