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Hi my name is Nora and Welcome to my blog world. This is a nature and birding photo blog about Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada. I am trying to be a birder and I take photos of the birds and scenery I find. I hope you enjoy your time here and please come back again. PHOTOS WILL ENLARGE IF CLICKED. The photos are slide show enabled if you click on them. If you click on the top lighthouse photo it always takes you to the most recent summary list of my postings.


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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Blast from the Past

I was looking through my old pictures and came up with these shots of the North American Indigenous Games in Duncan, B.C. Canada in the Cowichan Valley which is known as the warm land.  These shots show a few of the cultural performances on the main stage.  The letter today at ABC Wednesday is "N" for North American.  It is a blast from the past.

This was possibly one of the largest and most successful sporting and cultural events held on Vancouver Island.  It was the seventh of the North American Indigenous Games which started in 1990.  For the first time a city did not host the event, a tribe did. It is usually held every three years for First Nations, Metis, Inuit, Native American and North American Indian athletes.

Aboriginal participants from all across North America came and competed in traditional and contemporary sports.   They came from Nunavut to New York and from Oregon to Nova Scotia to compete in basketball, baseball, canoeing, and archery and many other summer sports.  There were around an estimated 7,000 participants and an estimate of around 20,000 combined participants and spectators.   There was a traditional Coast Salish welcoming ceremony. 

It was a powerful and moving experience for me and some of my most vivid memories are of the day we spent there.  I tried so hard to capture that feeling with my camera but the shots that you cannot see are of a diverse people from all over the place sharing this time and place in history with such a gentle grace.

It was a very warm day in August of 2008 and the  main stage was set nestled on a golden field and the lovely Cowichan River ran along beside us and we waded in the cool water and watched others swim and jump from the bridge as the music and drums washed over us.

Memes for the week are ABC Wednesday, Ruby Tuesday, Our World Tuesday, Wordless With Words Wednesday, This or That Thursday.  Thank you to the hosts of these memes for organizing this group of playful bloggers with the various games you have created.


Carver said...

Fantastic shots and a great post for the letter N. Carver, ABC Wednesday Team

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Wonderful lively, colourful photos of what sounds a lively, colourful event. Thanks for sharing something which I would otherwise not have heard about.

JoKnows said...

Love these shots and the lighthouse shot on your header is breathtaking. Makes me want to travel. (I live near Toronto.) Nice to find you.

Tammy said...

That looks like quite an event! You have a lot of great culture in your area! Love the photos!

maria said...

Fun pics! A late visit for RT2.

Mine's here.

Roger Owen Green said...

nifty shots of Native Americans.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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deb duty said...

Looks like a fun event! Great captures!

Lori Skoog said...

Gentle grace...that says it all. These photographs are fabulous and I would love to have been there.

Carver said...

This may be a repeat comment but I've had trouble lately with blogger so just in case I'm leaving another. Great shots and choice for N day. Carver, ABC Wednesday Team

Island Rambles Blog said...

Thanks so much for your comments...I was very late publishing my blog for these memes and I know you are my regular readers, so thanks!...Thanks Carver for coming as I also have been having trouble with Blogger and comments lately.. a lot of things don't work on my country redirected blog ..

Studio Cat said...

Your photos of aboriginal dancing are fantastic. Your words and images hit deep into my heart. Studio Cat.