Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 26, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
y, Augusl 56, 1971 THE IE1HBRIDGE HERAIO 21 Ancient Indian art said only a 'starting point' By ROB TURNlin Slaff IVriler FORT MACLEOD A man rich in the folk-lore and his- tory of Canadian Indians said her" Wednesday most native art today is found either under glass or in museums, but it need not be any longer. "Indians loday don't have In go back and duplicate their an- cient art to revive their cul- George Clutesi said, "but they can use it as a starting point to go on to new things." Mr. Clulcsi, an Indian writer, poet and artist in his own right, was addressing (he third session of the orientalion con- ference for teachers of Indian students. "There is a distinct revival of our culture, especially among Indian children of high-school he said. "They are beg- ging for more information." He said even a simple know- ledge of the tradilional arl forms by Indian children would motivate them beyond any- body's highest expectations. Mr. Clutesi, n Sliesh-ahL In- dian from Port Alberni, B.C. has written two books, Potlalch and Son of Raven, Son of Deer, and is currently working on his third, Stand Tall My Son. The son of the last traditional interpreter of his trihc he has also painted many brilliant pic- tures portraying the traditional GEORGE CLUTESI symbols and rites of Indians of the west coast. Since 19-14, Mr. Clutesi has travelled Canada at least 20 times preaching the revival of past Indian culture by the In- dians themsevles. "More white people seem In be interested in past Indian cul- ture than we as a people Mr. Clulesi said. "This has got to change." A revival of culture would cause a re-invigoration of many of Hie reserves all across Canada according (o Mr. Clu- tesi. He commended the Indian affairs department for n'haf. it has already done and for what it is doing to assist in the re- vival. As did the Indian speakers at Tuesday's session, Mr. Clutssi bitterly condemned the church- run residential schools of the 1930s for effectively killing much of the genuine culture which had existed. He cited as an especial ex- ample the pot latch, a ceremo- nial occasion of great import- ance (n the Indians, which was last held in 1924. Indians are cultural victims FORT MACLEOD Inte- grated Indian education once more came in lor sharp criti- cism Wednesday at the educa- tional conference being held here this week. Leroy Little Bear, a recent Blood Indian graduate at the Univcrsily of Letlibridge's an- thropology department said on a panel what passes for inte- gration is really nothing more than assimilation The Indian is the victim of cultural chauvinism according to Mr. Little Bear, because Western society says "ours is the right way, and if you want to be educated, that's the way if has to be done." George Clutesi, the main speaker for the session, said if integration is going (o work, fndian child or young per- son must be able and willing to offer his home to the new found friend as well as the Indian going to the while person's home. Mr. Clutesi said the trouble at his home near Port Alberni, DC. is "there is hardly enough room for all the white friends his children bring over." Indian affairs department will play decreasing role By ROB TUIINER Staff Writer The federal department of fndian affairs will play a less- predominant role in the life of Canadian Indians in the future, the head of the Lcthbridgo In- dian affairs branch predicted gional planning commissions, ol responsibilities formerly held i by the department. Mr. Tui-ncr himself will he Ic: ving his local post Oct. 1 afler two years, lo head a new program for Indians in Brit- ish Columbia sponsored by the Tuesday Tom Turner, superintendent of the Blood Peigan district of southern Alberta, said in an interview he could foresee the department declining in impor- tance to a poinl where it func-1lor lu -vcars' Uoned only as an agent for spe-1 Mr. Turner said the most sig- cial projects which did nol nifieant development which oc- come under some other juris- curred during his two years diclion. will] the Lethbridge office wai federal department of regional expansion. He was appointed to his cur- rent post on Sept. 1. 1969. Prior to that, he was associated wilh Indian affairs in Edmonton Mr. Turner cited reasons why he believes the depart- ment will slowly wither- Ihe increasing capability and de- thc founding of the Kainai In dustries operation at Standoff on the Blood Reserve. "We were able lo respond termination of Indians lo man- j quickly and support Inc. pro- 'gc their own nil-Ms, and Ihe: jcct with an on the job assumption by other depart- ments and bodies such as re- 'Jeep' Wagoneer dew styling outside New luxury inside wilh famous go-anywhere -t-Wheel Drive TEST-DRIVE THE 2-CAR CAR TODAY car. UNITED MOTORS CO. LTD. Cor. 3rd Avs., 3rd St. S. Phone 327-2805 training program for nal i c he said. "This, de- spite the fact that most people taiow the department for its bureaucracy, paternalism and red tape." Mr. Turner said Uie southern Alberta district is "Hie most progressive in Canada, but that's because the Bloods and Peigans are the most progics- i sive Indians in Canada.'1 I His greatest disappointment was in not being able to make j a start towards Uie formation j of an independent school board j on the Blood Reserve which could have served as a proto- type for other Canadian In- dians. "There were a few letters I and a bit of discussion, but thai was he said I Mr. Turner predicted a rosy future for both reserves. "With Kaijiai Industries, the cattle- co-operative and the Superette, the Bloods are on their way." "The Peigans are going up j too. but at a slower rate. They I have had a number of good ideas and made a number of slarfs, but nothing has devel- i oped yet on which to build suc- cess." Mr. Turner predicted seri- ous economic repercussions for the town of Cardston as the Bloods move the administra- tive centre of Ihe reserve to Standoff, which has risen as it's economic centre. A now administration build- inp is being planned at the new Slandoff townsite, which will ultimately house all band of- fices as well as Kainai News and Ihe Indian medical centre. Losing election is costly Losing an election can be costly for candidates who fare badly in the vole. Candidates in the provin- cial election were required to put up a 5100 deposit when they filed nomination papers, and any candidate who polls less Iban half the voles re- ceived by the winning candi- date in his riding forfeits his deposit lo the provincial trea- sury. The reluming oflicer re- turns the deposit, minus a few dollars deducted for ad- vertising expenses, to the oth- er candidates. fn the provincial clcc- lion. when there, was only one Lcthbiidge riding, Iwo city candidates, Liberal John Pc- ras and New Democrat Klaas Buijerl, lost their deposits. Across the province, of the 236 candidates lost their deposiLs. The S100 was for- feited by one Social Credit candidate, eight Conser- vatives, 39 Liberals. 43 New Democrats, one Coalition can- didate, five Independents, two Indepcnd e n I Conservatives and one Independent Socred. 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