|Flags adorn the entrance of Musqueam.|
|The Runner by Debra Sparrow|
We were lucky today was such a beautiful day for our walk to Musqueam to view decorations created by two Musqueam members. At the entrance of the reserve (Crown St. and Stautlo Ave.), Debra Sparrow has designed a modern day Coast Salish monument of The Runner. The Runner was the person who kept watch for the Nation and would run through the village alerting the community of people approaching their territory. A plaque placed at the feet of The Runner states "The spirit of our ancestors moves through the open spaces of our runner. He carries the knowledge and history of our people....he whispers to them...generation to generation." This monument is another example of how people use decorations to tell stories.
Next we looked at a house post carved by Dave Louis Jr. The Coast Salish people do not carve totem poles but rather house posts that traditionally would adorn the interior entrance ways of the each respective family long house. The house posts would commemorate an event, person, family or a welcome figure greeting guests. Many of the art forms of the Coast Salish people were personal to each individual or his/her family.
|House post by Dave Louis Jr.|
This walk was quite the adventure today. When we arrived back at the centre, the children were very hungry and tired. It was one of the quietest lunches we have had at the centre!