The First People to inhabit the Columbia River Gorge area had filled the cliffs with petroglyphs and pictographs. (A petroglyph is an image carved into the rock surface, while a pictograph is an image painted on the rock). When The Dalles Dam was built, the reservoir behind the dam covered a vast majority of the images. A sample of the images were preserved first by removing the stones from the wall. They were stored inside the dam for 30 years. At the request of several of the Confederated Tribes of Washington and Oregon, the images were moved to Horsethief Lake State Park for viewing.
|These are called "Water Devils" and were very prominent in the samples.|
|Bird up top and deer down below.|
|Owls and other smaller carvings.|
|If you look closely you can see drawings in red paint.|
When we got home, we made my poor Dad run out for painting supplies and then it was time to paint our own pictographs. (Miss M was relieved to know we wouldn't be making our own paints out of rocks and urine like the original artists had done.)
|The Boyscout's version of She Who Watches.|
|Miss M's version of a Water Devil.|
If you live near or are visiting the Columbia Gorge, we highly recommend taking the time to visit the park. The Boyscout was our photographer and did a great job, but seeing them in person is amazing.