Day 5 Tipis

Trip Start Aug 25, 2010
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Trip End Oct 18, 2010


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Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Sunday, August 29, 2010

We visited the Crowfoot Crossing historical site, a native owned tourist /education facility 1.5 hours east of Calgary. A new and impressive building, the exhibits told the story of the local indian peoples who had been driven into the camps when their buffalo food source had been hunted to extinction, The subsequent education, reeducation, patronization etc was not unfamiliar to the way the Maori or Australian aborigines had been treated at similar times. The oil and gas revenue has improved the lot of the Crowfoot nation, but driving past their reserve, the houses were reminiscent of aboriginal community dwellings across Australia.

Suzie joined us for dinner again, and we attempted a new game - see who can name the most famous canadians? Actually it is very hard. After the few that appear in the south park movie (Blame Canada!) we struggle. So in response for each remaining blog entries from Canada, I will introduce another famous canadian whom I did not know, or more likely, did not realize was canadian.

James Naismith was credited with inventing the helmet into American football, but more importantly, was also the inventor of basketball. Although basketball was invented whilst he was working in Massachusetts, Naismith was born in Ontario, and spent his early career at McGill University, Montreal.
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