Petroglyph rock being returned to Squaxin tribe

Tumwater, Washington (AP) 4-08

A 10-ton granite rock with ancient tribal petroglyphs on it will be moved durng April from a park in Tumwater where it has sat for 45 years.

The Squaxin tribe is taking possession of the artifact for its museum.

The rock has carved symbols of a bear, a mountain, the sun and a bow and arrow. It was initially at Harstine Island, 12 miles north of Olympia, but has been on display in front of the Olympia Tumwater Foundation’s office in Tumwater Falls Park since 1963.

Tribal members performed a ceremony at the site recently.

A historical marker at the Tumwater site says the markings are similar to petroglyphs discovered in The Dalles, Ore., and in British Columbia.