Tuesday, June 23, 2020

McGinnis Lake former Shamanic Lake the Petrogliphs Provincial Park and Ancient Man Cut Megalitic Stones

Petroglyphs Provincial Park is a historical-class provincial park situated in Woodview, Ontario, Canada, northeast of Peterborough.

McGinnis Lake use to be named the Shamanic Lake and it is a sacred lake for the Native Americans.

The Ojibway (Anishinaabe) people who have lived in the region for millenia. The presence of the First Nations people is marked by the largest known concentration of rock carvings in Canada. Cut into white marble rock face centuries ago, the 900 petroglyphs depict turtles, snakes, birds, humans, and spiritual images. This sacred site is known as “the rocks that teach”, or Kinoomaagewaapkong, by the Anishinaabe people. This park protects an area that serves as a critical reminder of some of the region’s most ancient cultural history. After seeing this amazing site, continue your journey over to McGinnis lake. 

Indigenous peoples are caretakers of Mother Earth and realize and respect her gifts of water, air and fire. First Nations peoples’ have a special relationship with the earth and all living things in it. This relationship is based on a profound spiritual connection to Mother Earth that guided indigenous peoples to practice reverence, humility and reciprocity.   


I liked this declaration of the First Nation. It is inspiring and should be regarded with respect.

A Declaration of First Nations

We the Original Peoples of this land know the Creator put us here.
The Creator gave us laws that govern all our relationships to live in harmony with nature and mankind.
The Laws of the Creator defined our rights and responsibilities.
The Creator gave us our spiritual beliefs, our languages, our culture, and a place on Mother Earth which provided us with all our needs.
We have maintained our Freedom, our Languages, and our Traditions from time immemorial.
We continue to exercise the rights and fulfill the responsibilities and obligations given to us by the Creator for the land upon which we were placed.
The Creator has given us the right to govern ourselves and the right to self-determination.
The rights and responsibilities given to us by the Creator cannot be altered or taken away by any other Nation.


McGinnis Lake use to be named the Shamanic Lake Nature Lovers’ Paradise

For nature lovers there is a wide diversity of trees and plant life, including red and white pine with pockets of spruce and other trees such as white birch, sugar maple, and red oak. The park is home to a large population of white-tailed deer, as well as smaller mammals and bird life is abundant. Bald and golden eagles can occasionally be seen in the winter. 

McGinnis Lake use to be named the Shamanic Lake  is a meromictic lake.
A meromictic lake  is a lake which has layers of water that do not intermix.

In ordinary, holomictic lakes, at least once each year, there is a physical mixing of the surface and the deep waters.

Most lakes are holomictic; that is, at least once per year, physical mixing occurs between the surface and the deep waters. In so-called monomictic lakes, the mixing occurs once per year; in dimictic lakes, the mixing occurs twice a year (typically spring and autumn), and in polymictic lakes, the mixing occurs several times a year. In meromictic lakes, however, the layers of the lake water can remain unmixed for years, decades, or centuries. 

The lake is one a few meromictic lakes in Ontario, an effect that creates different oxygen levels at different layers of the lake where only certain depths can be habitable due to oxygen depletion. This lake has a fantastic green/blue hue to it and it is not permitted to swim or use watercraft on the lake as to not disturb the water. 

 Meromictic lakes can usually be divided into three sections or layers. The bottom layer is known as the monimolimnion; the waters in this portion of the lake circulate little, and are generally hypoxic and saltier than the rest of the lake. The top layer is called the mixolimnion, and essentially behaves like a holomictic lake. The area in between is referred to as the chemocline.

A meromictic lake may form for a number of reasons:

  • The basin is unusually deep and steep-sided compared to the lake's surface area
  • The lower layer of the lake is highly saline and denser than the upper layers of water
The layers of sediment at the bottom of a meromictic lake remain relatively undisturbed because there is little physical mixing and few living organisms to agitate them. There is also little chemical decomposition. For this reason, cores of the sediment at the bottom of meromictic lakes are important in tracing past changes in climate at the lake, by examining trapped pollen grains and the types of sediments 
 The term Algonquian (also spelled Algonkian) refers to one of  North America’s largest indigenous language families. Individual tribes or First Nations like the Innu, the Micmac, the Algonquin, the Ojibwe, and the Cree all speak a version of Algonquian. 

n 1954 a prospector, Everett Davis, sat on this rock face as he surveyed the area east of Eels Creek and north of Upper Stony Lake. He had been here before but had never noticed anything special; this time the sun’s light hit the rock just right and the images came out of the rock – some recognizable as humans or animals and others more abstract or fantastical.  As he pushed away the leaves and moss covering some of the rock face, more and more petroglyphs were revealed.  He did not know it at the time but he was standing on one of the largest petroglyph sites in Canada.

The territory lies on the southern edge of the Canadian Shield and before the arrival of the Europeans, it was in the cultural transition zone between Algonquian-speaking communities (the Anishinaabeg) to the north who lived in small mobile hunter-gatherer (foraging) bands and Iroquoian-speaking communities (the Haudenosaunee) with their larger and more advanced agriculture-based villages to the south.

A number of the images on the rock have parallels with pictographs at other sites on the Canadian Shield which are known to be Algonquin or Ojibwe or Cree. Thus, placing the petroglyphs in an Algonquian context fits the evidence best.
Since carbon dating a petroglyph is not possible, the discovery of other datable material at the site helped set a rough parameter for when it was used.  Found in the crevasses of the rock were bits of pottery – the remains of small offering bowls? –  which were dated back about 1000 years, placing it in the Woodlands Period of pre-Columbian archaeology.  At the very least, this puts the creation of the petroglyphs before the arrival of the French in the 1600s.

In 1976  the Ontario government of the day created a new park – Petroglyphs Provincial Park.  Since 1990 Ontario Parks has managed the site along with members of a nearby Ojibwa First Nation whose ancestors first moved into the area in the late 1700s. Their present community is found on Buckhorn Lake southwest of and above Burleigh Falls.

1. The Learning Centre 
The Visitors’ Centre, also called The Learning Centre, opened to the public in 2002 and is where the visit to the site begins.  While the building has a small gift shop with various souvenirs and a movie theatre with seats for perhaps 80 visitors, the main attraction is a colourful multi-panelled poster display.  We spent some time reading our way through the various snippets of text. I had expected an introduction to the petroglyphs and their meaning to be the main focus but it soon became clear that there was something else being presented here.


Here is a movie regarding the Petroglif Provincial Park

The Teaching Rocks (1987) by Lloyd Walton


 About Shamanism

For over 100,000 years, shamans around the world have perfected the art of traveling in consciousness to other levels of reality, gaining access to information that can seem quite extraordinary about how to treat and prevent disease, avoid negative situations, clear family issues, plan for our future, and more.

Here are few Shamanic Practices

A few of the frequently used shamanic healing practices are:

  • Power animal retrieval (restoring spiritual power to the individual)
  • Shamanic extraction (removal of spiritual intrusions or energies that simply do not belong)
  • Soul retrieval (reintegrating soul parts that have departed from a client)
  • Shamanic drum healing (allowing the healing power of spirits to pass through the drum to the client)
  • Passing on the power of the helping spirits to the client
  • Psychopomp work (helping/guiding souls who have passed)


 Ancient Machine cuttings.  Were these places ancient megalithic structures?

Stones cut at 90 degree angles .

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