As someone who comes from a Native background this is sad to see. The timing of this blatant attempt to destroy a valuable piece of history is curious. As there is some speculation on how someone might be able to commit the resources and time to do such a thing. I for one am not surprised, especially after the racial backlash over the comments made during the fire near Lethbridge last week. Having played minor hockey throughout southern Alberta for many years growing up it has always been obvious how people really think about the Native people in various communities around southern Alberta. This is best epitomized in the way their own children would readily be throwing racial slurs at myself and my teammates on and off the ice. These being kids, one would have to wonder where they get this perspective, how is this hate nurtured and made into the blatant lack of respect that it is? I only hope that whoever did deface such an important piece of Native culture and history can one day realize the consequences of their actions and feel a little bit of remorse. Although I wouldn’t be expecting it any time soon. I don’t advocate hate, but sometimes it’s hard to ignore the “accepted” way of things here in Alberta as they are. I for one do not believe there was any sincerity in the apology made by the man who accused that the Lethbridge fire was caused by some event or person on the Blood reserve. It was obvious how he felt, only when he had to deal with the consequences of his words did he try to save face. Which to me, is how most of Canada operates in this day and age.
Historians are comparing it to the Taliban’s destruction of massive Buddhist statues in Afghanistan: Ancient aboriginal pictograms and petroglyphs on an Albertan rock formation have been systematically destroyed by cultural vandals using a rock drill, acid and a power washer.
The obliteration of the etchings on the Glenwood Erratic near Pincher Creek in southern Alberta was discovered last week, just as an historian was about to photograph and test the markings.
“The site is part of the earliest heritage of Canada,” said Michael Dawe, Curator of History at Red Deer Museum. “It looks like an ancient ceremonial/religious site at Glenwood, Alta., was deliberately destroyed. If true, this is a shocking and appalling incident.”
The carvings formed a large face on the top surface of the stone, facing the sky, and also included evidence of early syllabic writing…
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