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Neo-Lithic Resolutions



The inspiration for this works comes from the tracings of Mi’kmaw (Mic Mac) petroglyphs at Kejimkujik National Park and McGowan Lake in Nova Scotia by George Creed between 1887 and 1888.


The Mi’kmaq created enduring art. Some of this art has been carved into the rock of Nova Scotia. These rock pictures, or petroglyphs, record their lives and the things they saw around them. Many petroglyphs can be found along the rocky shores of the lakes and rivers of Kejimkujik National Park, the Medway River and McGowan Lake, in southwest Nova Scotia. Petroglyphs have also been created at several other locations around the province. The smooth, fine-grained slates found in the Kejimkujik area make an excellent surface for recording images. The lines were cut, scratched, or pecked using stone or metal tools.


It is impossible to accurately date most of the petroglyphs. Images of sailing ships, hunters with guns and European-style dwellings are clearly more recent. A few petroglyphs appear to have the year of their creation carved into the rock next to them, either from the 1800s or the 1900s. The petroglyphs show the hunting of a variety of animals, including moose and caribou.

The tracing used are based on a hunter in pursuit of moose. The artists took note of the similarities of the hunter’s pose to that of a lacrosse player in the action of tossing. The background is an actual sampling of these rock surfaces. Liberties have been taken with the original image. The title "neo-lithic resolutions" alludes to the idea of lacrosse being a game played between groups of people to resolve conflict. Neo-lithic as a play on words suggests the ancient notion of the petroglyphs. Their intent was to draw a semblance of ancient art forms and translating these into modern lines of action and strength. The three central figures follow the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation’s core ideology of mind, body and spirit. The central figure includes text of Nations participating in the game of Lacrosse.

Jim Bishop is considered the greatest coach in the history of Canadian Lacrosse. His career spanned 58 years and touched the game at every level and age group as a coach, organizer, manager and promoter. He respected the First Nation peoples for sharing the game with all North Americans. His many accomplishments include winning seven consecutive Minto Cups and initiating efforts at establishing early pro Lacrosse leagues in 1968 and again in 1974-75. "Bish" touched the lives of thousands of young Canadian athletes in a positive manner.

The Foundation has produce 100 prints of Sacred Game (40W x 29H) and 300 posters (20W x 14.5H). Each numbered and signed print will include biographies and photographs of the artist. The Eagle represents how universal the sport has become. The Eagle is a symbol that is easily recognized all across Canada, as well as the world. The Human Spirit in the body of the Eagle represents the ancestor's whom the game of lacrosse originated from. The Human in the tail represents the people who play the game today. The open hands in him represent that the game is played openly and honestly. The four Lacrosse Sticks represent the four directions the game has traveled and the four races of people who play the game today.

The Foundation's goal is to create a strong future for the game during this time of government cutbacks. In purchasing this print - the first in a series - you are investing in the future of Lacrosse. The Foundation will pursue worthwhile projects to help grow the game that would otherwise not be addressed.

To order this print, you can send a cheque/money order or Visa Card number to:

Canadian Lacrosse Foundation
18 Louisa St., Suite 310
Ottawa, ON
K1R 6Y6

or E-mail your Visa number to to speed up the process.

The cost of each print is $150.00 (Ontario residents add $19.50 for HST ).
Poster versions of this print are also available at a cost of $25.00 plus $7.50 shipping and handling
(Ontario residents add $3.25 for HST).

Please allow 4 to 6 weeks processing time

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