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William Duncan in Metlakatla

May 20, 2013


From In the Wake of the War Canoe by William Collison.   The story of Metlakatla is a quintessentially British Columbia story, which, in the middle of the 19th century, represented the farthest, deepest reaches of the British Empire.  The founding of the community represented an experiment in Christian Utopianism, an experiment that failed, among […]

The City of Gaudi

February 22, 2013


The city of Gaudi is Barcelona, of course.  The works of architect Antoni Gaudi are among the dominant images of that city, especially his magnificent Sagrada Família, unfinished at his death and still, even today, under construction.  Guidebooks and post cards use the Sagrada Família to represent Barcelona almost as iconically as the Eiffel Tower represents Paris. […]

Dressing Up as Indians

July 12, 2012


When Princess Liz (as she then was) arrived in Vancouver, she and her significant other were welcomed to a teepee and a phalanx of (presumably) real Indians dressed up as (obviously) fake Indians.  It was 1951.  With revisions to the Indian Act, Canada had just made being culturally-Indian legal that year, and most Indians didn’t actually […]

Photo Archive: First Nations at Worship

February 20, 2011


They came to worship on the beach.  They knelt and bent their heads and prayed in front of the Catholic icons.  They were converts, every one of them, to the European’s idea of divinity. Up north, among the Tsimshian, they loved the pomp and thump and blare of brass bands, and they welcomed the Salvation […]

Barcelona Garden, 2001–‘wild things’ & cactus

May 22, 2010


If you walk south from the harbour in Barcelona, you will find an area devoted to park.  You pass a ridge, rocks layered in two directions.    Further on is a public garden featuring cactus. My daughter and I first encountered this garden in 1999, but we came upon it when it was getting dark.   […]

Muddy Waters, Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver

February 17, 2010


In the early ’80s, Muddy Waters used to come to Vancouver twice a year to play at the Commodore Ballroom.  Once I became aware of these visits, I never missed a performance. I remember the first time I saw him, his piano player was Pinetop Perkins.  Muddy could always get the best players in his […]

El-Jem, Tunisia — 2001 — A Roman Coliseum in the North African Desert

January 30, 2010


Something which I can now say to my friends (while raising puzzled eyebrows): "You mean there's a coliseum in Rome, too?"