2017-09-13 / News

Vandals deface carvings at Sanilac Petroglyphs


This image was carved among sacred images at the Sanilac Petroglyphs in Greenleaf Township. 
Photos courtesy DNR This image was carved among sacred images at the Sanilac Petroglyphs in Greenleaf Township. Photos courtesy DNR GREENLEAF TWP. — Vandals broke into the Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic State Park, carving images on the rock that holds carvings made hundreds of years ago.

The vandalism was discovered earlier in the year by Michigan Department of Natural Resources staff at the park in the northwest corner of Sanilac County.

“We are all deeply saddened by this disrespectful act,” said Sandra Clark, director of the Michigan History Center, which interprets the petroglyphs for the public at the park on Germania Road south of Bay City-Forestville Road.

Vandals carved three images on the rock carvings.

“The petroglyphs were created by people who lived in what is now Michigan centuries ago. They are part of all of our history, and they have a deep spiritual meaning for many Anishinabek who live in the Great Lakes Region today.”

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan partners with the state in interpreting the petroglyphs, which are called ezhibiigaadek, as in “written on stone.” in the Anishinabemowin language.

“The Sanilac Petroglyphs are one of the most important connections we have to our past within the region,” said Tribal Chief Frank Cloutier of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan. “The stories that are handed down from generation to generation thread our past to the present. We need to preserve diba jimooyung (telling our stories).”

The DNR and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan ask that anyone with information concerning the individuals who defaced the Sanilac Petroglyphs call or text the DNR Report All Poaching (RAP) hotline at 800-292-7800. Information also may be shared via the DNR web-based RAP reporting form.

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