Friday, March 16, 2012

Roche Percee Rugaroos

Roche Percee is a small village in southeast Saskatchewan. This village is rich in history ranging from ancient fossils, RCMP camps, underground mines and old towns.

Today Roche Percee still remains but after a massive flood in 2011 most of the town is gone, only flooded out houses remain and a few residents on higher ground. Driving around the area of Roche Percee the history from the past is still very evident especially the massive rocks that can be seen on the edge of town.

These rocks are from many many years ago when the valley was filled with water. The rocks were formed from the water rushing through them which is why some areas are like caves. Today these sandstone rocks are home to years of signatures being engraved into them. But these rocks are not only home to years of history and signatures, they are home to something else.

People believe that these rocks are home to "rugeroos." Rugeroos are believed to be ancient Indian spirits that change into animals, most commonly the coyote. These spirits are believed to be evil and will hurt you if you do not leave them be. Most people only see eyes (yellow or red) in the darkness but others have seen these spirits of people shift into animals. They do not speak but will growl and follow you until you leave.

These spirits have been documented for many years by locals and tourists alike. They are reported in various areas around Roche Percee but most commonly seen in the rocks at nightfall.

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