Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 18, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
14 THI IETHIIIBOI HMAID Tvnday, January II, H11 SMALL FIRE UP That's the first art show staged by the University of Lethbridge art department. It opens today in the Fort Whoop-Up build- ing, east campus. The exhibition is a showcase for potters and ceramists from Calgary. from across Canada. Larry Weaver holds a pot handbag comes from Montreal, the beads from made in Halifax. The Otlawa and the vase Ceramics display at Fort Whoop-Up Imagination and flare regis lered high on the list of ac ceplability for the first art show being staged by the Uni versity of Lethbridge art department. The natiomride show is be- ing attended by potters and cer amists from all but two of the provinces, Newfoundland am Labrador. It has been dubbed "Smal Fired Up, and the name sug gests the type of pieces which xV calendar of local happenings Christian Science testim o n y meeting will be held on Wed- nesday at p.m. in the church auditorium, 1203 4th Ave. S. Everyone welcome. Fort Macleod square dancers will hold the regular dance on Wednesday at p.m. with round dance practice at 8 p.m. in the elementary school. Everyone welcome. Women are asked to bring a box lunch and cups. The Women's Auxiliary to the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital and Gait School of Nursing will hold a pot-luck luncheon at p.m. on Wednesday in Uie nurses' lounge. The regular and the annual meetings will fol- low, and a good attendance is requested. Walker-Quittenbaum section of St. Augustine's ACW will meet with Mrs. W. E. Everson, 507 Balmoral Place, on Tues- day at p.m. for a pot-luck supper. t The Chinook Pensioners and Senior Citizens Organization, affiliated with the Provincial and National Pensioners and Senior Citizens Organization, will not meet on Wednesday due to the poor weather condi- tions and icy streets. The next meeting will be held held on Feb. 16. The Lethbridge Women's In- stitute will hold the regular monthly meeting on Wednesday st p.m. in the auditorium of the gas company. Motto will be, if you want to put the world right, start with yourself. Roll- tall, payment of dues, surprise: Mrs. S. Prysiasny. Tea Host- esses will be Mrs. D. Anderson and Mrs. C. Wilson. The Oldman River Potters Guild will hold a hand building workshop on Wednesday at p.m. to be conducted by Ethel Dunn. can be found present'. A size limitation of 12 inches was im- posed on entries, and of the B5 original pieces, 55 to 60 are now in display after they were judged by Mr. Jack Sures, pro- fessor of ail at the University of Saskatchewan. Alberta entries account [or close to half of the pieces on display. Those pieces entered were made by teachers, students and private individuals. Approxi- mately 90 per cent of the pieces on exhibit are up for sale to interested persons. The show is being held on the east side university cam- pus in the Fort Whoop-up build- ing. It began on Monday, Jan. 17, and will run through to Feb. 17. The d i s p 1 a y Is open to the public daily, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to p.m. Weekend group tours can also be arranged by contacting Larry Weaver, gallerv director. Laurel Chapter holds election of officers At the installation of officers held recently by Laurel Chap- ter .No. 43, OES, Mrs. D. D. Dalquist was installed as worthy matron and Mr. Hy Cai- man as worthy patron for the forthcoming year. Other officers are Mrs. A. S. Hovan, associate matron, Mr. H. A. Jaffray, associate patron, Mrs. W. B. Anderson, secre- tary, Mrs. L. W. Sorenson, treasurer, Mrs. J. M. Look, conductress, Mrs. D. 'E. Far- ries, marshall, Mrs. D. J. An- drews, Adah, Mrs. J. B. Dick, Ruth, Mrs. 0. H. Svennes, Es- ther, Mrs. W. J. Richards, ou and, The family of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Dodd will honor their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house. Friends of the couple are invited to. call at the Eagles Hall basement from 2-5 p.m. Saturday. No gifts, by re- quest. Martha, Mrs. W. Eu'ing, Elec- ta, Mrs. D. P. Derrick, warder, and Mrs. Dorothy Johnson, sen- tinel. Mrs. M. B. McKenzie, PM. presided as installing officer, Mr. H. G. Stretton PGP install ed Hie brother officers, Mrs. Hy Caiman, PM, was installing marshall and the officers were led in the obligation by Mr. D. D. Dalquist. Other past matrons and past patrons taking part were Mrs. C. Miron PGM, Mrs; Wm. P.ea, Mr.'G. W. Smith, Mrs. J. A. Nome, Mrs. S. J. Safe, Mrs. P. Lcwko, Mrs. E. A. ffisler, Mrs. J. L. Lees, Mrs D. R. Carse, Mrs. W. C. Everson, aod Mr. Wm. Rea. Following installation, Mrs. Kenneth Mack sang a solo in. honor of the new worthy mat- ron, and presentations of gifts took place. To be installed at a later date, will be Mrs. J. C. Wad- dell, associte conductress, Mrs. A. R. Niven, chaplain, and Mrs. Rena Martin, organist. ivina Modern science behind times; Indians knew birth control FRAN DALQUIST worthy matron By RUDY KAUGENEDER Staff Writer Can adian Blaclifoot Indians practised birth control cen turies before modern scientists conceived it as a possible solu lion to global ills. Morgan Gadd, a 22-year-old University of Lethbridge stu- dent majoring in ethnobotany made the discovery while re searching the significance of plants on Blackfoot culture. Through a grant pro- vided by the University o: Lethbridge, Mr. Gadd spent last summer interviewing ag- ing Indians on the Blood re- serve in southern Alberta. Using thsse people who had lived intimately with past In- dian culture, he collected tapes which revealed UK medicinal and religious impact of natural prairie plants on Blackfoot so- ciety. The tapes have been sent to the provincial museum in Ed- mraiton for deciphering. To date only one-third of the tapes have been translated be- cause the language spoken was original Blackfoot. The Black- oot language usually spoken today is a "pigeon" version with much of the original ver- sion lost. Within another 10 years all hose old enough to be in- volved with the original Black- foot culture will be dead, he said; so now is the time to get the information. These elder Indians are now considered tribal shamen be- cause of the information and mowledge thay have. The plants used before the intervention of modem society ivere divided into public and irivate sectors, religious and medical, according to Mr. Gadd. Public herbs and plants were open to use by all members of he tribe while the private ones belonged to one person or spe- cific group. These private classifications were also used as barter for exchange of pri- vate plants and songs. Plants combined with cer- tain artifacts and accompanied by songs were placed in bun- dles and said to have magical powers. HELP US TO HELP OTHERSI The Salvation Army Welfare Services Needs Clothing, Furniture, Toys, Household Effects 328-2860 FOR PICKUP SERVICE OR LEAVE AT 412 1st AVE. S. Indian shamen strongly be- lieve this, as revealed by one who claimed he had, many years ago, leen another Indian turn into a wolf. While conducting has studies Mr. Gadd also catalogued 82 species of plants mentioned. In addition to the bundles, plants were also categorized by the Indians. Individual or groups of plants were broken into groups such as medicine for birth, birth control, horse medicines and so on. A combination of roots and herbs produced birth control brews ar.d medicines. Those were beMevcd to have bean kept in specific birth control bundles and open to publir: use. Aside from birth control medicine, Blackfoot families were not permitted lo have more than three dependent children at one time. This was done to limit the chances of starvation during harsher times. The root of the prairie cro- cus was used to speed up a woman's labor pains. A species of the clematis plant was used as both a dye and medicine (brewed) for horses sufferine from urine retention. Contrary to popular Belief, the plains Indians were plagued by Insects and used a species of sage- which, when burned into smoke, formed a perfume and also acted as mosquito and fly repellant. Roots of the flc-wered ivens were used for the treatment of sore throats, coughs, ring- worm, toothache and for cuts and wounds. When the plant was crushed it was smoked like tobacco. Mr. Gadd said he did not know the actual medicinal val- ue of most plants, however felt hey worked because of ceo- iuries of trlal-and-error use by Indians. The puff .ball fungus jsed as a general antiseptic 'or Injuries and when brewed was used for internal hemor- rhaging. A puff ball necklace also produced a perfume odor. The sap of knob pine trees was used as a fora} of chewing gum by ancient Black- foot people. 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