Face in Rock Cliff: Man-made or Nature’s Wonder?

face in rockIs it manmade or rock’s modification to reflect a woman’s face?

In Canada, a Tseshaht Beachkeeper by name Hank Gus has posted a fascinating face of a woman carved out of the rocks of Reeks Island, which he says could be a message from the spirits of Tseshaht tribe ancestors.

In fact, the face was a point of immense curiosity that in 2008, when kayakers exploring the nearby Broken Group Islands stumbled upon it and sent an email to the Park authorities. Experts were sent to assess whether it was manmade or not but they could not reach near the cliff to physically assess its authenticity and the plan was dropped.

Gus said his team had been searching for the “Face in the Rock” for over years and on June 3, 2015 they finally reached the elusive face and immediately took a video and photos, which are uploaded on Facebook.

The carving appears as half of a woman’s face, similar to Ganga’s face usually depicted in Hindu God Shiva’s head in ancient paintings. Moreover, Gus believes that the Reeks Island face appears to be blowing wind from its mouth, while here Ganga spews water.

So, it could be a carving but archaeologist Denis St. Claire, who was sent to the ‘face’ told Ha-Shilth-Sa: “It certainly looks purposefully made, but nature can play tricks on us and that is why a very close-up viewing is necessary to see if there were tell-tale signs of rock modification.”

But, if it had been a manmade carving, then many Tseshaht may have known and treated it as special but Gus says, “In my years of working with many elders during the 1970’s and 1980’s none of them ever referred to a rock face carving.”

The first kayaker Sandy Floe, who was visiting from Washington State and stumbled upon the rock, said:”I went in closer to shore… through kelp to explore a small gap in the rocky shore on the southeast side of Reeks Island. Suddenly I saw what you see in the picture. A face! I almost fell out of the kayak!”

Floe sent an email to the authorities in which she wrote that she navigated her kayak through a ‘chute’ between the reefs and the island to get a closer look at the face, but it was too dangerous to get out of the kayak to climb the cliff.

Hank Gus estimates the face to be about 7 feet or 2 meters tall.

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