Collin J Örthner – Photographer

July 19, 2008

Writing-on-Stone

Filed under: Nature, Rocks, Skyscape, Storms, Travel — collin j örthner @ 4:37 am

My family drove south for a short vacation recently and visited Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park which is virtually as far south as you can get in Alberta. In fact the distant hills in this view are the Sweetgrass Hills in Montana. This park is also known as the Áísínai’pi National Historic Site of Canada. Áísínai’pi in southern Alberta is one of the most important spiritual sites for the Niitsítapi or Blackfoot People. The Niitsítapi associate spirit powers with the weathered hoodoos and cliffs of the valley and with the nearby Kátoyissiksi (Sweetgrass Hills). Áísínai’pi, known in English as Writing-on- Stone Provincial Park, contains the largest concentration of rock art images on the Great Plains. These images are an expression of the meeting of this spirit world with the physical world of the Niitsítapi.


As my youngest son Alexander says “If it doesn’t rain, then it isn’t a vacation”. As I enjoy rain very much I would have to agree.
[Canon 5D, 16-35mm]
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