Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 30, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
THE UTHERIDGE HERAiD Saturday, Juna 30, Bill GROENEN photos Patterns of steel lines that cut the city in two provide esthetic relief from asphalt and con- crete. The location of the rail yards in Leth- bridge, adjacent to the downtown core, has be- come a subject of discus- sion between the city and federal transport ministry. The city would like them moved, but it could take several years. In the meantime, they are a place to work for some and a p I a c e -to stroll for others. Blood sun dance tribute to nature By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer A non Indian so-call- ed interpreters of Indian re- ligion have created the mis- understanding that Indians pray to the sun during their annual religious sun dance ritual, says a member of the religions Horn Society on the Blood reserve. "We pray to the almighty creator, one god who is not seen by Phillip Twigg explained to The Herald while sitting in the confines of a huge teepee on the Blood reserve. "We don't pray to tha sun, rocks or animals, but we do pay tribute to nature because is a symbol of the al- mighty himself.'' He says "sun dance" is the non Indian label for tha na- tives annual religious gather- ing. The Indian name for the ceremony is Acgok a t s in. meaning group encampment. The Blackfoot Indians from th? Blood reserve began their 1973 religious encamp- ment in raid June on the plains of the reserve four miles east of Standoff. The Indians broke camp Friday after the completion of religious cerem o n i e s Thursday evening. The annual encampment lasts for about two wesks with the first week used for wor- ship and organization of the stn dance schedule of events. Th.3 Indian families set up their tsepees and tents in a circular form and occupy the risy visiting camping neigh- bsrs and worshipping in prayer and dance. The traditional religious en- campment began with the ancestors who prayed in family groups during th2 year and then gathered once oject Pater son pr deficit reduced A projected deficit for reno- vations at Gilbert Paterson School has been reduced by more than and appro- val for a work start has been asked from the department of education. Lethbridge public school trustees, who hoped to ex- pand facilities at Paterson, earlier this month faced a deficit on the proj- ect. Board superintendent Dr. 0 P. Larson, in a msmor- endum to trustees Friday, said the loss has been reduc- ed to "Before we can proceed with the revised project, we (will) need the approval of (Edmonton) School Build- ings Board. "It would appear that noth- ing much by way of board action can now be taken until we receive a reply from J. H. Blocksidge. co-ordinator of the School Buildings Dr. Larson said. He said a reduction in the deficit is possible because of "discussions with the archi- tect, the (Paterson) princi- pal, a few individual trus- tees and visits to the school to the school to re exam- ine renovations and new con- struction." Dr. Larson said the possi- bility of starting I he Pater- son project "now seems much brighter'" because of the de- ficit cut Three major changes have been suggested to the depart- ment of education from ori- ginal Paterson plans: Omit renovation of the industrial arts area and add. by new construction, suffi- cient space to taring the faci- lity up to square feet of approved space tor a two- station industrial arts com- plex. Change the library loca- tion from the second floor to the ground floor Provide a direct con- necting corridor on the sec- ond floor. Dr. Larson said the lower deficit may be further reduc- ed if the provincial govern- ment agrees to pay per square foot rather than per square foot. "We are wondering, in view of the fact that this school may become a junior high school entirely within the next two or three years, if the square foot allowance could be increased to or some figure close to he said. Dr. Larson said the Pater- son elementary enrolment is decreasing. Thought is now being given to enrolment of elementary students in neigh- boring schools and "most of the junior high students from Lakeview School attend Pat- erson." RCMP stresses rules for Safe Boating Week A drowning death is never a good way to start off a summer vacation and a little common sense and a dash of courtesy may step you from becoming one of more than 200 Canadians who die each year in boating accidents. The rules are simple, and especially during Safe Boat- ing Week, July 1 to 7, RCMP are hoping that Southern Al- bertans will follow them closely. Most boating fatalities are caused when the vessel cap- sizes. Eighty per cent of those who drowned when their boat overturned were not wearing life jackets. If a boat looks over-loaded, it probably is over leaded. RCMP advise. Over loaded vessels are especially vulner- able in choppy water. And the desire for speed and power could send you to the bottom of the lake. Over powered boats are unstable and frequently cap- size during a turn. Before wHiring into un- known waters, check around and find out what water con- ditions you may encounter, and if the weather's bad, stay on shore. If, while you're ashore, you have a drink or two or three, postpone your trip until sober. Because the drinking and boating combination is not only unhealthy, it's also il- legal under the Crimal Code. If caught when your blood- alcohol level exceeds .OB, you could be subject to a maximum fine or six months in jail. This year, the RCMP in Southern Alberta will be us- ing a patrol boat on various skes in the region. To give you a belter idea of what violations they will be watching for, you can pick up a safe boating guide from any RCMP detachment. a jear for a lengthy prayer end dance ceremony. Contrary to- some historic writings Indians weren't al- ways grouped together in large bands, said Mr. Twigg. The Blackfoot Indian re- mained in their family groups and would only band together for prayer, enter- tainment and for defence against an enemy threat, he explains. The blaclifoot Indian re- ligious group in charge of or- ganizing the sun dance is called tbs Horn Society. In addition to religious gioups like the Horn Society the Blood Indians have about six service organizations wi'Ji functions similar to commun- ity service groups such as the Kinsmen or Jaycees. Control of the Horn Society can be taken by any one of (he service clubs at any time v.ith former Horn Society jH.mbers acting in an capacity. The Magpie Society took over the Horn Society this from another sendee group because it wanted to onsrate the religious soeie'y for a while, says Mr. Twigg. If some members of the ousted service group wish to remain within the Horn Ss- ciety they can join the con- trolling servicj group. When the Indian religion a strong force in the ]9th Century, it was routine for a nev, service group to fuke it over every four years. Today there isn't a consistent sfadb of time between Horn Society take-overs. This year's religious en- campment was the first com- plete sun dance in 24 years. Important religious arti- facts including a staff, head- drrss and arm bands were borrowed far the occasion from the provincial museum and aclnves in Edmonton. Sacred beads and pouches, arm bands and incense made from the earth's natural in- gredients are all part of the traditional Indian sun dance. Mr. Twigg says the type of music distinquishes the sun dance from Indian entertain- ment dances. The difference between the two types of dancing is as the difference between enter- tainment music and hymns in white society, he suggests. The two week encamp- ment isn't restricted to re- ligious prayer and dance. If an Indian group obtains per- mission from the Horn Srv- ciety it can perform an en- tertainment dance at ths ceremony. Another falsehood spread by former Indian agents sug- the sun dance re- ligious encampment is used hv the Indians as an oppor- I ;rity to relax and be lazy, ,Mr. Twigg points out. have a lot of self- sacrificing to go through and need to open our minds to what we're doing wrong and v.hat we should be doing to a better he added. "I still travel back and forth frcm camp to work to perform my daily work rou- tine and-attend prayer meet- ings each he said Alaska-or-bust trip interrupted by wind "Winds like I've never seen before" reads the note in Glo- ria Belt's travel diary "It was the last thing T wrote before the said Mrs. Belt ruefully as she and her husband, Edward recollected their Sunday mis- hap last Sunday on High- way 4, 16 miles south of Leth- bridge at Stirling. Mr. Bolt was driving his four-wheel drive truck at 40 m.p.h. with a trail- er behind. A sudden burst of wind rolled the trailer over. It jack-knifed into the car, toppling -it. Because Mrs. Bell had her scat belts fastened she escap- ed injury but her husband was half-thrown from the car and needed medical at- tention for severe bruising. They were lucky. "The Mountie said he had never seen people climb out of anything so said Mrs 'Belt Only nine days into their trip from Missouri to Alaska, the couple is now slaying in their repaired trailer at Hen- dsrson i.ake Campground while their is under- going repairs Beth the retired electrical engineer and his wife praised the local help in their emer- gency. A witness to accident summoned an ambulance and the RCMP by a two-way radio in his car. they said. The Mounties' aid extend- ed oven to retrieving a pair of shoes from the car wreck- age, and bringing them to Mrs. Belt so that she would nc! "o "The business people (have been) sure gocd to saic Mr. Belt. A local trailer man- ufacturer fixed thsir traitor quickly so the Belt's could have a place to stay, and a car dealer loaned them a courtesv car to see a bit of Lclhbridpre during their en- forced visit. The Belt's vacation should resume next week.