Thursday, December 10, 2009

Bedford Barrens Petroglyph

Date: n.d., pre-1500 A.D.
Place: In situ: Bedford, N.S.
This petroglyph, or rock carving, was cut with stone tools, probably pre-dating the introduction of European-made metal tools, beginning about 1500. Hence it includes the earliest surviving human or humanoid figure of or by a Mi'kmaq. The eight-pointed star occurs in Mi'kmaq hieroglyphic writing as a symbol for the sun. The knobbed crosses occur elsewhere as part of the hieroglyph for 'star'.

Other Mi'kmaq petroglyphs: Kejimkujik National Park, N.S.
This is the earliest photographic record of Mi'kmaq rock art. Parks Canada has completed a catalogue of all known petroglyphs within the boundaries of Kejimkujik National Park.


Left Image: KEYWORDS women; petroglyphs; rock art; caps, women's; peaked caps; Kejimkujik National Park; Nova Scotia

Right Image: This petroglyph is labeled "Micmac man" in the Parks Canada catalogue. Women occasionally wore these beaver hats, as did men. Rob Ferguson, an archaeologist with Parks Canada, feels it is a man. Ruth Whitehead thinks it is a woman in a skirt. Men's coats are usually depicted as shorter, and composed of two triangles, the points touching at the waist.
"Perhaps some of the most important images portray men and women wearing the traditional clothing of the time. In some cases, these images show highly detailed double-curve designs decorating the clothing. Foremost among these images is the unique peaked hat traditionally worn by Mi’kmaw women. Over 60 petroglyphs depict these peaked hats, suggesting the importance of women in the matriarchal Mi’kmaw society. Since none of this clothing remains today, these images provide the only examples of the motifs used by the early Mi’kmaq, before they were influenced by the arrival of Europeans."

Mi’kmaw women w/ head dress, hood with a shoulder cape
Molly Muise descendant of Philippe Mius

The Mi'kmaw chaperon is described as a cap "of cloth, angular to the upper and back part of the head, and ornamented with small beads," it was "made of dark blue wool, with red wool additions and the double-curved motif, the cap had loose ends flowing over the shoulders, and was adorned with ribbons." (Elitekey, p.22)
The Mi'kmaq chaperon is preserved today as part of the traditional regalia worn by women at Pow Wows. It is a Medieval European head-covering that invokes a time in history when all married women wore the hood in imitation of their queen, who was also a member of the grail family.
To them, the valley was Kespukwik and its primary river was Te'wapskik, meaning "flowing out between high rocks," perhaps a reference to Digby Gut.

This is not a realistic representation of the Milky Way, but a symbolic rendering of a road of supernatural power, a connection between worlds like the twisted frog's leg of the Hočąk Medicine Rite, the rotating, double helix pathway to the Otherworld. Note that the star embedded in the Milky Way has a single helix "power line" descending downward, just like Gottschall has the double helix descending downward from each of the solar-like discs. Two more examples of the "double helix" design are found from the Great Lakes region. The one above right is described as an "unidentified abstract symbol", and the more diamond shaped one on the right is from the Cliff Lake paintings.

I recommend reading John Bear MacNeil's Basket Stories for
Mi’kmaq Grail Alliance, Kelly's Mountain, Red Ochre Folk, Kluskap/Cronus Myth, The Medewewin Stone, Circle Cross, Et In Arcadia Ego, Pharoah Unas, Roi Perdu - the Lost King, The lost Ark of the Covenant, Norse-Mi’kmaq Alliance,The Dark Virgin, Circles of Mi’kma’ki, Membertou/Sagamo/ The knight Sagramore @ King Auther's round table, The Templar links & much more

Also see John Colman's work on NS ley lines & Mi'kmaq scripting language/ Egyptian Connection


ViølatoR said...

Hmm, interesting indeed. My book on petroglyphs has 2 birds which are triangle shaped, the eagle and parrot. The "double helix pathway to the Otherworld" reminds me of the tornado that takes Dorothy to Oz. In my petroglyph book, a simialr shape (the "diamond chain") is connected to female puberty rites and rattlesnake imagry.

The Mi'kmaq people/symbols kinda float around the periphery of my series of articles which I left off in June and haven't continued yet. Not sure if they will fit in, but if they do I'll definetly be quoting your blog :D And I still haven't gotten around to reading "the bottomless pit" article which I've been dying to read! Sorry, I got a big back-log of reading material here :D

Jack Mac Nab said...

Hi Quintesseuce, thanks for contacting me. Yes, you may add any of my videos to your blog. I have known about your discovery of the Plieades and the Bedford Glyphs connection for a long time. And for the longest time your discovery was not clear in my mind. Then one day it hit me! You are absolutly right. Those "black dots" on that "man" petroglyph matched almost identical to the Plieades 7 stars. I have been working on a 2nd chart concerning the Beford Barrens Petroglyphs. Hope to post on Youtube very soon. Once again it deals with your discovery and the Oak Island connection. JJ