The Mackenzie Sound Rock Carving
(Northern Vancouver Island, British
The Raincoast Chronicles FIRST FIVE, No. 2,
Notes & Queries.
Edited by Howard White, 1976, 1994:91.
rock carving in this photograph was found at a remote place on the
north end of Vancouver Island about 50 miles
from Alert Bay by Stephen Lablosky of 12320 Old Yale Road, Surrey. The
figures are about 8 inches high and 1/4" deep
on the face of a large granite boulder. What interests both he and I
about this carving is that it can't be Indian, nor is
it feasible that a logger would have the skill to do such work. Because
of the religious symbolism and because of the skill
necessary to carve in granite, we tend to believe that early Hudson's
Bay explorers left it ... but for what reason?
4697 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver 8, B.C.
It is certainly not a
typical Indian petroglyph, although styles varied immensely in that
area. Whether Indian or white it is a curious find,
and we can locate no previous record of it. If any of our readers has
knowledge or interesting thoughts about it, we invite them to write
The Raincoast Chronicles FIRST FIVE No. 4,
Notes & Queries.
Howard White, 1976,
refer to the letter from Mr. Lillard about the rock carving in
was first shown this three or four years ago by some friends from Gig
Harbour, Washington. They had found it by
chance a year or so previously when they knocked off the moss which
then covered the rock.
gave a slide showing the carving to Dr. Ireland of the B.C. Provincial
Archives, who in turn showed it to several
people, including the Surveyor-General. No one came up with any
We are truly
impressed by the number of Chronicle readers wandering around in
obscure, deserted MacKenzie Sound knocking the moss
off that particular rock. Your friends are the fourth party to claim
discovery since Mr. Zablosky's photograph appeared in our second issue.
The only person to offer a positive opinion as to the carving's meaning
and origin so far is Tom Hudson of Campbell River, who states:
signs are to be found all over the world, where they were spread by the
wise men of each age, as a reminder of
the basic principles essential to every form of life including man. The
circle is infinite around the invisible centre which
creates it, used as the symbol for what many people call God. It
contains all things but is itself nothing — zero. The
line symbolizes the individual, also direction and polarity, since it
must have two opposite ends. The 3 or [triangle]
balanced strength, in construction or in thought. The 4 □ or † (right angle) represents truth,
reflected in such
phrases as "square shooter" or "on the level." All creations in the
universe are based on these true principles.