Ochre Pit Cove - Newfoundland and Labrador

The community derives its name from the red color of its soil, caused by a rich iron content. Perhaps the most significant Beothuk tradition was the annual ochring ceremony which appears to have been unique among North American native people, at least during the late period.

All members of the tribe received a new application of red ochre on the face and body once a year. It is though that the Beothuk used the colour soil as a substitute for ochre in their ceremonies.

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