Pictographs are symbols or hand drawings that were an ancient way of communicating before the written word.

They have been found all over the world as testimony to the ones that have gone on before us. They were used to record events, and could have been about any number of subjects, such as family events, rites of passage, vision quests, or marking hunting grounds.

In the Shuswap area, pictographs were drawn on rock faces. Many of them were painted red symbolizing life, virtue, and all good things.



Secwepemc pictograph of a turtle



Secwepemc pictograph of a deer Secwepemc pictograph of a bird. Secwepemc pictograph of a male representing status in the tribe.




The Red ochre paint was made by using the mineral ferrous oxide (also known as Iron/Bloodstone), which is found in hematite stone. Red ochre is a mixture of iron oxides and clay. Ochre added to bear grease; fish oil or tree pitch then became paint.

The pictographs here in the foyer of Quaaout Lodge, and at Talking Rock golf course, are replicas of actual ones found in Shuswap Territory, and these are the meanings they are believed to represent.


Secwepemc pictograph of the sun Secwepemc pictograph for the Family Spirit Guide, the Eagle. Tracks of Skwlax - the black bear


Throughout this page you can see photos of some of the replica pictographs incorporated into the lobby of the Quaaout Lodge.  Pictograph replicas also appear on the tee box signs for each hole on the Talking Rock Golf Course.  You can click on the link below to download an explanation sheet for all 18 of the pictographs that appear on the golf course.

Talking Rock Golf Course Pictographs