Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 23, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
mmsmm Yukon carnival nothing without Wigwam Harry Heading for the banana boat Women carry cartons of fruit for the banana boat n.ear Roseau, Dominica. The more cartons a woman carries the more money she earns. Banana women work from 5 a.m until 2:30 p.m. if the shipment is a big one. On such days a fast runner, without stopping for lunch, may carry as many cs 400 cartons on her head to earn $8 Canadian. (CP Photo) Engrossing diversion in Dominica Women carry the bananas! By EVELYN OLDHAM ROSEAU, Dominica (CP) - Watching other people is an engrossing diversion for most men. In Dominica, the Caribbean island that lies between Guadeloupe and Martinique, the men-at-work scene is quite different from up north Men watch other men cast a circling net into the sea, hollow out a gommier tree trunk for a canoe, spray lime plantations, climb palm trees to pick coconut, wrap cigars at the local factory and cut stems of bananas with machetes. But the most interesting people to watch at work are the women and girls. Friday is banana day here when the banana boat rides offshore near Roseau, the capital of the island. It is the women who carry the cartons of fruit on their padded heads to the wharf where the bananas are unloaded into lighters and taken out to the banana boat. The scene is right out of Harry Belafonte's song, Tally man, tally man, tally me bananas, except that on Friday morning there is no time for the old-time singing. The more cartons a woman carries, the more money she earns. And the tally man today is a woman. It is her job to hand out little markers to the other women as they run down to the wharf, usually barefoot, swinging their hips. Banana women work from 6 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. if the shipment is a big one. On such a day a fast runner, Charter Flights from Calgary WITH munes For Your ... 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The craft gradually grew into an industry and the girls now work in a spacious two-storey concrete building housing the convent enterprise, Dominica Tropicrafts Limited. The most distinctive items now are the grass rugs and mats made here. The workroom is fragrant with the sweet smell of khus khus grass which farmers plant on hillsides to prevent erosion. The grass is cut periodically, allowed'to dry and then wound into bundles the size of beach balls and sold to the convent factory. MAKE GRASS RUGS . The girls sit on the floor and sing as they stitch the grass into circles, rosettes and stars which they later sew together with unbreakable strands of wild palm bark. The result is a lacey, ornamental but durable rug sold in Canada, the United States, Australia and other countires. The original baskets and hats which started the business are still sold, along with dolls, plaques, shirts, handbags and souvenirs. Dominica d o e s n't attract the typical holidayer because it lacks the long, white beaches that have made the Caribbean popular. But it does entice individualists who are lured by the island's grandeur and pristine beauty. The stupendous sights include mountains haloed in cloud, valleys arched with rainbows, waterfalls, plunging into pools and scores of fast rivers. The island is easy to reach by flying from Toronto or Montreal to Antigua and changing there for the onward island-hopping flight to Dominica. The trip across the island from airpirt to hotel is like an island tour through a tunnel of greenery-past chickens, cows, goats, plantations of nutmeg, grapefruit, limes, orange, coffee, cocoa and avocado trees, and through a rain forest with huge ferns and trailing vines. Inns are small and friendly and are scattered around the island on seaside, plantation, hill and beach settings. A new hotel-the largest on the island-will open soon with, eventually, a golf course. It is expected to usher in a new age of tourism for Dominica. By DENNIS BELL WHITEHORSE, Y.T. (CP) -If all the beer bottles that Wigwam Harry drained during this year's Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous were turned into paving stones, there would probably have been enough to build an amber freeway from the Arctic Ocean to the British Columbia border. Wigwam Harry is one of those legendary characters who seem to blossom in the taverns of the Yukon Territory on such auspicious social occasions as the Rendezvous, an annual three-day blowout each February billed as a 100-proof cure to winter cabin fever. Good old Wigwam is an integral part of the local color in this territorial capital of 10,000. Everybody in town knows him, and even the Rendezvous organizers say the winter carnival wouldn't be complete without him. A holedigger by profession, Wigwam looks as if he's at least 110. He doesn't say much but smiles often to reveal a mouth devoid of teeth. And he laps up a fantastic nightly quota of ale. The Rendezvous is built around a series of sports events peculiar to the Canadian North. There are three days of dogmushing races with drivers guiding teams of huskies around a 15-mile course down the frozen Yukon River and through the bush. There are also such things as the one-dog pull in which powerful huskies attempt to move small sleds laden with hundreds of pounds of flour, and, for the humans, a flour packing contest. SPEND TIME DRINKING .. The Rendezvous attracts a strange assortment of vis- ' itors. It brings in trappers and miners from the bush who have spent the winter months talking to cabin walls, and it brings back just about every Yukoner who ever left the North. This year, charter jets disgorged noisy hordes of bottle-laden travellers from Alaska, British Columbia, Alberta and the Northwest Territories, It's possible, even probable, that most of them never made it down to the Yukon River to see the dogmushers. Many of them went from bar to restaurant to bar to room party for the entire three days. Two wine salesmen from Vancouver man- aged to maintain one hotel-room party for 72 hours straight, something of a record, even in the Yukon. The Rendezvous committee pronounced the 1973 edition a resounding success. CARRIED 750 POUNDS The biggest coup was pulled off by a young man from Vancouver who introduced himself to everyone as "Scobbie Oobie" and was readily recognizable by the beanie and Mickey Mouse ears he wore throughout the Rendezvous, indoors and out. Scoobie Oobie entered the flour packing contest after signing a release form with other contestants and shortly thereafter a forklift deposited sacks weighing 500 pounds on his back. He handled it with ease. But a second contestant screamed "No way" and turfed the flour off, while a third simply turned turtle under the weight. There was no stopping Scoobie Oobie and his flour-power. Other contestants dropped out one by one and he finally emerged the victor by toting a remarkable 750 pounds over the prescribed course. His prize: He got to keep all the flour he could carry. There are, indeed, strange things done in the land of the midnight sun during the Sourdough Rendezvous. For example, the territorial liquor store constructed a fully-functioning still that sat in the store lobby percolating some sort of noxious libation that nobody dared to try. BECAME CASINO The local YWCA was converted into a gambling casino replete with blackjack tables and crown and anchor wheels with a $5 limit on individual bets. One awestruck tourist described the spectacle as "the most civilized YWCA in the world." All of this means big money each winter to the Whitehorse business community. The hotels are booked solid, the bars are packed and even the souvenir shops do a roaring business. But Wigwam Harry-in all probability the only real sourdough at the 1973 edition of the Sourdough Rendezvous cared little for all the hoopla and entertainment. "I remember how It really was . . ." he recalled, and then forgot. Use recycled material a!t Expo '74 "Glasphalt Plaza1 from litter SPOKANE - Broken glass and aluminum cans always seem to follow wherever people gather in the thousands. Picnickers who follow curse the litter, park rangers and campground owners enforce.restric- Far from tropics animals thrive on B.C. Game Farm Norway hosts top ski event The Molmenkollen Kandahar ski competitions in Norway are one of the most "In" skiing competitions in Europe, where the best international skiers compete in slalom, downhill and giant slalom. In 1973 these competitions will take place in Oslo on March 1M1, tions to fight the junk, and Expo '74 planners actively seek the stuff. What might otherwise Utter the countryside, or at best add to the solid waste disposal problem, will be put to good PENTICTON, B.C. - How do hot weather animals - lions, giraffes and elephants - make out in a Canadian winter like the one we've just come through? Film on golf in Ireland to show in Canada A new film, "Golf in Ireland," has been produced by the Irish Tourist Board to help attract golfing visitors to Ireland, particularly those from North America and Europe. During the next three years the film will be distributed generally to non-theatrical audiences in Canada, the U.S., Britain, France and Germany, and will be used in special promotional operations through golf clubs and organizations in these countries. The golf courses featured are Lahinch, Co. Sligo and Galway in the west of Ireland; Killar-ney and Cork in the south; and Portmamock and Royal Dublin in the Dublin area. Sound and light show possible for St. Lucia CASTRIES - This eastern Caribbean island of St. Lucia is investigating the possibility of establishing a permanent son et lumiere (sound and light (presentation which would depict the culture and history of the island. Two partners of a Parisian firm that has specialized in the son et lumiere technique are currently carrying out a tea sibi'ity study relating to such a presentation hsre. The most famous presentation of this kind now existing in the Caribbean is the one at. Nelson's Dockyard in Antigua, | Better than you might think, according to Ed Lacey, manager of the Okanagan Game Farm at Penticton, B.C. Temperatures went down to 20 below, and there was nearly two feet of snow at the farm this winter, but none of the animals suffered. Elephants and giraffes have to be kept in heated quarters during the cold winter days. Other animals, like zebras and African antelopes, need insulated buildings where their own body temperatures can provide the heating. The game farm bouses these animals for about five months a year, Lacey says. During the hot Okanagan summer, African animals are right at home on the dry hillsides above Skaha Lake, where the game farm attracts about ,000 visitors a year. Not only the animals but the landscape itself suggests that the farm's slogan - "Africa in Canada"- is more than a catch phrase. With 275 animals of 67 species, including some of those on the endangered list, the game farm is a favorite spot for fam ily vacationists, who can roam its 600 acres at will. Winter visitors won't feel as much at home as the Siberian Tiger, who's used to even colder temperatures than Canada, But they'll see that animals have a wonderful capacity to adapt to weather that Isn't their own. use at Expo '74, however. The idea is to build a glas-phalt plaza on the fairgrounds, with metal sculptured park equipment made of recycled aluminum cans. The plaza will be the result of a joint effort involving the Rainier Brewing Company of Seattle, the Washington (State) Asphalt Association, R e y nolds Aluminum and Northwest Glass Coirj|pany of Seattle. Also helping in the project will be Spokane area college students and the Washington Association for Retarded Children, who will aid in collecting and sorting the glass bottles and jars and the aluminum cans. Murray W. Luther, visitor-civic relations manager of the Rainier Brewing Co., said "We'll need 70 tons of glass for a one inch thick layer of glas phalt, and under that we have to have a two-inch base." The glass will be crushed and the cans shredded on the site when they are collected. Luther said the Reynolds Aluminum Co.'s "recycling truck" will be in Spokane to help with the project. Collection of what might otherwise Utter the Spokan area will begin March 30. Republic of China to Expo '74 SPOKANE - The Republic of China has announced its plans to participate in the 1974 World'; Fair. A letter from Wei Yu-sun, Taiwan's Consul General in Seattle, confirmed the announcement from the island nation. Formal notification was also made in Washington, D.C. through diplomatic channels, the Consul General said. The announcement Is th sixth from a national govern ment, with Taiwan joining the United States, Canada, Iran, the Soviet Union and Japan as announced participants in the World's Fair. Passport Photos Candid Weddtngt - Picture Framing - Photo 5uppli�i A. E. CROSS STUDIO Phon* 328-0111 710 3rd Av�. S. Phono 328-0222 BEIRUT NIGHTMARE - Four-and-a-half month* In a filthy Beirut prison was a harrowing experience for a twenty-two-year-old Toronto girl who was tricked Into carrying hashish, and later found innocent of the charge. 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