When they stopped at the edge of the dark forest, the overhead canopy ended and Henry could see ahead a huge rock outcropping protruding out over the Ohio River Valley. The lead brave cawed like a crow and was answered in a similar fashion. But from where? It was then that Henry saw a brave sitting cross-legged on the hanging rock, watching the Ohio River to the east for miles upstream, and the rich forested valley through which it ran. It was the most impressive sight he had ever seen.
Henry understood that the brave on the hanging rock was a lookout sentinel. He thought, What a perfect location on the Ohio River Valley. Their village must be nearby.
The chief was dressed like the other men of the tribe, except that he wore a royal blue, wool coat, trimmed in gold braid. It was probably a gift from a French general. But also by the respect and deference shown to him, he was clearly in charge.
Thanks to the artist, Mary Louise Holt for allowing me to print a copy of her impressive painting, “Ambush from Hanging Rock.” Mary Lou is an extremely talented artist. You can enjoy visiting her website, marylouiseholt.com, where you will find many more beautiful and moving authentic paintings of the Shawnee in southern Ohio, as well as other fine paintings of interest.