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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 19, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Indian leaders seek holy objects often in hands of white men Tuesday, 19, 1973 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Canada-U.S. sign fishing pact Emulates father Bill Bennett, 41, son of premier W. A. C. Bennett, emulates his father's smile and hopes to take over his father's South Okanacan sect ;n the B C. legislature. MANUFACTURED IN LETHBRIDGE CALGARY (CP) Alberta Indians returning to their na- tive religions are finding that the holy objects connected them are often in the hands of white men. They have been negotiating to get the artifacts back, but in many cases the owners are reluctant to hand them over. Bruce Starlight of the Sar- cse reserve in southern Al- fcerta, one of the leaders of the repossession movement, says there is a great resur- gence of native religion among Indian youth. "The Indian people know that the Indian religion may be ths key io saving our 1 people from drunkenness and illnesses that plague the mind I with he said. "We have begun a religious move- 1 ment among people based on j the integrity and philosophies i of the Indian .religion." Medicinj bundles are an in- tegral part of Indian religious j ceremonies, but they are be- I coming increasingly PARENTS OF CHILDREN AS OF SEPTEMBER 1, 1973 If you feel your child may have learning lang- uage development problems, there is a pilot pre school program available. This piogram is to begin August 22, under the direction cf the Lethbndge Public School Board and may include children from both Lethbridge School Districts. For further information and diagnosis please contact: LORRAINE CORDUKES Phone 328-8625 or i CAROL CHAPMAN Phone 327-6661 the point (hat there are hardly any left en the Black- fool reservs, for example. The Indian Education Centre in Edmonton, which is documenting the whereabouts of as many medicine bundles as possible, has located sev- eral Blackfoot medicine bun- dles in a museum in Paris. The centre is at a loss to know how they got tture. Medicine bundles contain a variety of objects such as buf- falo tongue, beads, rattles, stones and animal hides. They aie copied from objects seen in dreams. Indians believe the bundles and the objects in them are source of super- natural powers. Until about five years ago, white "pawnbrokers" roamed southern Alberta reserves of- fering small loans to Indians in exchange for their cultural heritage. The artifacts were then sold, oft3n for large prof- its. One such white dealer was reported to have picked up a medicine bundle for and sold it in Europe for Another dealer bought a bundle on a Saskatchewan re- serve for and sold it to a collector in Alberta for Indian elders, fearing their young psople were abandon- ing the native ways, turned many of their most valuable artifacts over to museums for safekeeping. But now Indian leaders these religious objects returned and are negotiating the museums and pri- collectors. One collector in Calgary, who asked not to be named, said he is prepared to give back his Blackfoot bundles "if the Indians prove they are re- sponsible enough to take care of them." He said he began collecting the bundles in 1957 with the intention of safeguarding them for the Indians. "I do not wish to give them back if they are going to fall into disuse or if the Indians ars going to dissipate them- selves with alcohol again." A spoken for the provincial museum and archives in Ed- monton said the medicine bundles there were handed over by Indian elders with the traditional ceremonial rites. ELDERS RELUCTANT Eric Waterton said many of the elders are reluctant io have the bundles returned to young Indians because consider them too sacred to be used as political symbols. The museum houses about eight major bundles and doz- ers of smaller ones. main concern is pre- servation of cultural arti- said Mr. Waterton. "We would be wilb'ng to lend the Indians these objects if they need them for their cere- monies, but I think they are going to face a hard Iftie if they want them returned per- manently." Doug Light, director ot col- lections at the Glenbow Mu- ssum here, said Indians had approached the museum about getting their bundles re- turned but so far no action has been taken. "We don't think we should have to give these articles he said. "Many of us hero feel that if it weren't ?'jr museums a lot of this stuff would have ended up in the garbage. "I think where religion is concerned, the idea, not the objects, is most important." But Mr. Starlight said that without the medicine bundles "there is little significance to thsse (religious) ceremonies." BLAME IT ALL ON ALLERGIES TORONTO (CP) Walt Disney may have been a bet- ter statistician than he real- ized when in 1938 he produced the movie Snow White and named one of the seven dwarfs Sneezy. It is estimated that one in seven persons is wheezy or itchy as the result of an allergy. And for more than a million Canadians who gel hay fever, this is the worst season. "If you've never had hay fever you can't imagine how miserable it can make says Dr. Allan Knight, head of the division of allergy and immunology at Sunnybrook Medical Centre here. Dr. Knight, who is also as- sociate professor of medicine at the University of Toronto, has written a book called Al- lergy: A Layman's Guide to Sneezing, Wheezing and Itch. WON'T CURE IT It's not likely to cure any- one's allergy, but it tells what the doctors don't they treat al- lergies, and why. Being instance, can make a person itchy, says Dr. Knight. He describes a woman so homesick for her native land that her skin was constantly irritated. But usually allergy is caused by something in the environment, he says, such as pollen, cat fur or dust. Ragweed is one of the worst causes of allergy because it produces a lot of pollen which is readily airborne, he says. OTTAWA (CP) Canadian and American officials here signed an agreement that ex- tends for one year a 1970 recip- rocal fishing treaty. The agreement, which covers both East and West Coasts, in- cludes modifications such as a reduction of the waters in which reciprocal fishing may be car- ried on. A major change relates to Pa- cific salmon fishing between three-mile and 12-mile limits off the coast of Vancouver Island and Washington state. Canadian salmon fishing privileges off Wash ington's coast are now reduced to the area between Carroll Island and Cape Flattery. American sal- mon fishermen will be restrict- ed to a small area near the entrance of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Previously, Canadians could fish salmon from the mouth of the Columbia River to Cape Flattery, ar.d Americans had reciprocal privileges off the en- tire west coast of Vancouver Island. x-- J 210 LB. ASPHALT SHINGLES 3 bdies. will cover 100 sq ft. White and green. Per bdle........ 60 LB. SELVADGE EDGE ROOFING 2 rolls will cover TOO sq. ft. White Per roll Roofing Specials Install a new roof now and save at these drastically re- duced prices. LIMITED QUANTITIES 50 LB. SMOOTH SURFACED ROOFING 1.95 1 roll will cover 100 sq. ft. Black Per roll......... 90 LB. 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