Designer: Dennis Seargeant (Thunder Bay, ON)
When Built: May 23, 2000 (unveiled)
This is a replica of a natural rock formation in Ouimet Canyon.
Here is a picture of the real rock formation:
The legend of the Indian Head is as follows (taken from a plaque
by the monument):
"Long ago there were giants. Omett was one who helped Nanna Bijou, a great spirit of the Ojibway people, to raise mountains and make new lakes. Omett fell in love with Nanna Bijou's daughter Naiomi. One day Omett was moving mountains when a piece broke off and fell upon, and killed Naiomi. Afraid of Nanna Bijou's anger Omett hid her body in a shallow lake and covered it with a rock shield.
Searching for Naiomi, Nanna Bijou walked over the shield and felt vibrations from under the rocks. He reached into the sky and grabbed a large thunder bolt and drove it into the ground. The rock split open, and in the wide canyon he discovered Naiomi's body. Nanna Bijou buried Naiomi in the bottom of the canyon.
From her grave grow rare and beautiful flowers. To punish Omett, Nanna Bijou turned him into stone and placed him on the canyon wall to watch over the grave forever.
The walls of Canyon Country Service feature two giant Murals
Information Source: Ginette Marshall
Pictures Sources: postcards from Ginette Marshall