Agawa Bay is located 90 km northwest of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, on the north shore of Lake Superior. The area was sacred to the OJIBWA
and the name is Native for "sacred place." The magnificent beach is strewn with innumerable pebbles, worn smooth by the waves. Nearby bands of rock, some 1 billion, some 2.5 billion years old, lie twisted in layers like hardened candy. The famous PICTOGRAPHS
are on the sheer rock face above. Located by Selwyn Dewdney in 1959, the red ochre and grease paintings are thought to celebrate a safe passage across the lake, or possibly a war victory of a great chief, some 200 years ago. Among the images are a fabulous panther, a serpent and a rider and galloping horse.
Agawa Pictograph Site
Profile of the Agawa site (courtesy of Serge Lemaître).
Links to Other Sites
Four Directions Teachings
Elders and traditional teachers representing the Blackfoot, Cree, Ojibwe, Mohawk, and Mi’kmaq share teachings about their history and culture. Animated graphics visualize each of the oral teachings. This website also provides biographies of participants, transcripts, and an extensive array of learning resources for students and their teachers. In English with French subtitles.