A petroform is an arrangement of stones into a shape or figure. The Bannock Point Petroforms is one such historical site located in Whiteshell Provincial Park, Manitoba. The area consists of rocks placed over a large sprawl of flat granite bedrock, depicting shapes of various animals including a snake, turtle, & sweat lodge. The age & purpose of these petroforms are not known, some may have been recently made, the oldest ones however are estimated to be up to 2,500 years old. Here there are several rocks depicting shapes including this one resembling a turtle w/ a large ceremonial ring nearby. Petroforms aren't uncommon as they are found elsewhere within the region extending down into the United States. The area is sacred to the First Nations & is still used today for ceremonial purposes, unfortunately the site has also seen a share of recent vandalism, which if persists, may cause this location to be shut down permanently from the public.
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