Mysterious Pukaskwa Pits and Other Cultural Sites on
Along the cobbled beaches of Pukaskwa National Park,
on the north shore of Lake Superior, lie mysterious
pits one to two and a half metres long and about a metre
and a half high. It’s now estimated that the ancestors
of the Ojibway dug these out between 5,000 and 10,000
years ago. Some of the pits are now even submerged because
the lake wasn’t as high back then as it is today.
It’s not known why the original inhabitants of
this area made these excavations. Perhaps they were
used as temporary shelters or places to store food.
Possibly, hunters created them to serve as blinds from
which they could ambush passing caribou and other wildlife.
Then, again, they may have been spiritual spaces or
sites for initiations of some kind. We simply do not