This pictograph shows a man or a god or priest, with realistically drawn bull moose pursued by a hunting dog with a dramatically long tail and short legs. They are running on "land" or over the horizon, with "flying" canoes above.
This is a Hegman Lake pictograph in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota. The images are believed to represent constellations, the dog constellation of the Ojibwe and other native peoples having been the same as the modern Canis Major constellation.
The area of Hegman Lake was prime moose-hunting. A French Jesuit priest, Nicholas Perrot, described Ottawa Indian moose hunts in 1665, stating explicitely that dogs drove the prey into snares where hunters killed them with arrows. In cosmic terms, however, there is a myth associated with these pictographs, regarding a mortal's spirit-quest into the constellations in search of a beautiful dream-maiden.
In another myth told by the Dakota, just as humans had their dogs on the hunt, the northern god of winter (a man with antlers) had his wolves to assist him in battle. Dogs were also Native American symbols of fidelity and frequently shown in pairs, or even dancing pairs.
Dogs were also given as offerings to an afterlife divinity to ward off illness or drowning of the living. As the constellations descended below the world by day, myths enacted in the stars were always simultaneously cthonic myths, and dogs integral to the workings of the pinwheel-sky.