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Monday, May 26, 2008

Trip to Cranberry Portage

We received a call from Irvin Head, a sculptor from Cranberry Portage, telling us that that there would be a festival there this weekend and that we were invited. Within a couple of hours we had woken everyone, packed and headed north.

We stopped at the Spruce Woods Provincial park to see the desert there. It is so amazing to see a real desert with sand dunes and cactus in the middle of the prairie farmland.

One of the highlights was seeing a huge moose by the side of the road in Riding Mountain Provincial Park. It stared at us and then sauntered casually into the woods. It showed absolutely no fear, which was not surprising given its huge size.

In Cranberry Portage we learned how to erect a teepee. It is such an efficient structure that it can be set up and taken down in a matter of minutes. We were such novices at it though, that it took us much longer than that. The most amazing part is how the poles are tied together. In this picture the canvas is being put on.

This is a huge teepee that has been put up by Irvin and some of the people of Cranberry Portage. It is absolutely enormous. They held a concert in it. There was plenty of room for about 200 people sitting around a large stage in the middle.

We enjoyed watching the Whispering Loon Dance group. The little boy in the green costume was the star of the show with his enthusiasm and intricate dance steps.


Quilt Pixie said...

gorgeous jingle dress in the powwow shot... Looks like a good time was had by all :-)

meggie said...

I would love to experience something like that, firsthand.
I suppose it is like experiencing a Haka for real! So moving.

Clare said...

Teepees are amazing things. You'd never guess there was that much space in them.

I never knew there was a desert in Canada *vbs*

jovaliquilts said...

What a great trip! I've never seen a moose up close.

Those costumes are amazing -- are they authentic? I think of colorful beads on traditional garments, but not colored fabrics. Is this a modern evolution?

Libby said...

Wow - enough room to hold 200 for a concert! Looks like a wonderful way to enjoy the weekend.

Judy said...

What a huge teepee. I wouldn't have dreamed that it was so large.
I love the moose pic!


Ali Honey said...

Very informative post. The lines ( outline shape ) of the teepee are very pleasing to the eye.
Are there cranberries as the name suggests?