Tourism Harrison Newsletter

Sasquatch!

 

SASQUATCH DAYS

JUNE 7 - 8

 

The Coast Salish traditional way of life, like all Native Indian tribes, displays a fine and fulfilling balance between man, woman, and the natural and supernatural worlds.
The spiritual beliefs are critical to understanding Coast Salish art. Belief in guardian spirits and transmutation between human and animal were widely shared between tribes in many different forms. One can see this belief expressed in First Nations art. The symbology, form, and function of ceremonial clothing and head dresses were all designed to communicate the spiritual and historic traditions from one   generation to the next.

After checking out the masks pictured to the left, take a look at the depictions of what the ancestors of early man most probably looked like and their similarities to the aboriginal spiritual being who is known to have been around for almost 10,000 years

Australopithecus afarensis 3.6 million years ago
Some Australopithecus afarensis left human-like footprints on volcanic ash in Laetoli, Kenya (Northern Tanzania) which provides strong evidence of full-time bipedalism. Australopithecus afarensis lived between 3.9 and 2.9 million years ago. A. afarensis also had a relatively small brain size (~380–430 cm³).


3.5 Million years ago - Kenyanthropus platyops, a possible ancestor of Homo, emerges from the Australopithecus genus.
3 Million years ago - The bipedal Australopithecines evolve in the savannas of Africa. Loss of body hair takes place over the period of 3-2 Million years ago, in parallel with the development of full bipedalism.

2.5 Million years ago - Appearance of Homo. Homo habilis is thought to be the ancestor of the lankier and more sophisticated Homo ergaster. Lived side by side with Homo erectus until at least 1.44 million years ago, making it highly unlikely that Homo erectus directly evolved out of Homo habilis.

Homo erectus – 1.8 million years ago
Homo erectus evolves in Africa. Homo erectus would bear a striking resemblance to modern humans, but had a brain about 74 percent of the size of modern man.

 

1.2 Million years ago -Homo antecessor may be a common ancestor of humans and Neanderthals.

Homo heidelbergensis – 600 thousand years ago
It is morphologically very similar to Homo erectus but Homo heidelbergensis had a larger brain-case, about 93% the size of that of Homo sapiens. The holotype of the species was tall and more muscular than modern humans.

 

Y-chromosomal Adam lived in Africa approximately 338,000 years ago.  He is the most recent common ancestor from whom all male human Y chromosomes are descended.

Homo sapiens – 200 Thousand years ago in Ethiopia.

Hot Springs Harry - 2 years ago...just sayin'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping Ernie's Spirits Up...

THE SPIRIT TRAIL

Winter wind storms cause havoc in forested areas that walkers and hikers rarely see and the windfall silently and slowly decomposes to feed the soil and nurture new growth.  The Spirit trail in Harrison Hot Springs, over the years has been subject to a number of significant winds and the trail, guarded by the spirits, was becoming hazardous. Tourism Harrison saw the potential to save this trail, that  is so well loved by visitors and residents alike. So they hired Scott Tree Care Service to come in and assist in the project by determining which trees were potential problems and taking down any  that would pose a hazard,  leaving them in the forest to decompose.   Some local groups then volunteered to come in and clean up the trail, clearing any little branches and raking the pathways.

    

The Artist

Ernie Eaves became involved in the ceramic arts soon after his retirement as a high school shop and theatre teacher four years ago.  He has a small studio in his garage in which he throws pots (sometimes against the wall), sculpts and tries to figure out how to glaze stuff.


The Artists story

The Spirit Trail began as a walk in the woods with Pearl the Wonder-Dog.  We discovered a seemingly abandoned trail that meanders through a wonderfully mysterious bit of old second growth forest in which the processes of renewal are seen everywhere.  In the spring and early summer, the false Lily-of-the-valley covers the forest floor in shiny green and year by year the moss envelopes the wind-fallen trees, seemingly giving them a second life.

It is an enchanting place to walk, and as time passed the trees seemed to me to be alive in an other-worldly sort of way.  As a lark, I created a dozen ceramic faces and surreptitiously hung them in the trees, hoping to cause a laugh or two among other walkers who might discover the trail.  The compulsion was on me and the dozen eventually became over thirty. 

At the turn around point of the trail, there is a circle of trees, a sort of committee of spirits.  I made a dozen ceramic faces of women from different places and circumstances and I call them the “Goddesses”.  They are meant to evoke the quiet but monumental strength of women from all over the world.  Most have their eyes closed to impart a quiet, meditative feeling to the spot.  The whole endeavor grew of it’s own accord, without a plan or even a particular goal in mind.  The first masks were put in the trees over six years ago, and apart from knowledge of its whereabouts by the Geo-caching community (People who use GPS units to find stuff) and a brief mention in British Columbia Magazine, little effort has been made to publicize their existence.  Instead, it has been a kind of “Guerrilla art”, meant to be a surprise and mildly subversive.

mt. cheam...definately do-able!

                                                 

The Village of Harrison Hot Springs lies near the northern foot Mt. Cheam.  Rising 2104 meters, this peak dominates our landscape and offers not only a breathtaking backdrop but a hiking challenge as well.  Can you do it??  Yes, you can.

https://www.google.ca/maps/@49.1690625,-121.6217038,8985m/data=!3m1!1e3
Cheam Peak was part of the oral history of the Sto:lo peoples. The Halkomelem name for the peak, Theeth-uhl-kay, means "the source" or "the place from which the waters spring."
Cheam dominates the eastern Fraser Valley, rising above Bridal Falls and Agassiz just east of Chilliwack. It and three sister peaks form a group known as the Four Sisters or Four Brothers, which are part of the mountain wall framing the Lower Fraser Valley.
Though the trail to the summit lies along the southwestern flank of the mountain, the view from the top to the north offers an unprecedented look at Harrison Lake.
Lady Peak is a mountain located just southeast of Cheam Peak and has an elevation of 2200 meters.  It is west of the four peaks in the eastern portion of the range known as The Lucky Four Group.  Lady Peak can be summited by a route that branches off the Cheam Peak Trail.
The Lucky Four Group is the name for a group of four mountains in the Cheam Range of the North Cascades. The name of the region comes from the abandoned Lucky Four Mine near Foley Peak and refers to the four summits in the eastern end of the range that are visible from the old mine access road that runs near Wahleach (Jones) Lake.
The mountains in this group, from north to south, are: Foley Peak, Welch Peak, Stewart Peak and Knight Peak.

Hiking Mt. Cheam is something that should be on everyone's bucket list.   Check out how to get up there at this great Club Tred website;

http://www.clubtread.com/Routes/Route.aspx?Route=73

Rather Fly?  Try Hang Gliding Mt. Cheam:

http://www.westcoastsoaringclub.com/sites/bridal_falls_lower.php

Sasquatch Days 2013

Sasquatch Days 2013

 

 

 

Only one month away!  Sasquatch Days 2013 will be held on June 8th and 9th on the beach front here in beautiful Harrison Hot Springs.

This cultural event is a collaboration between the Village of Harrison Hot Springs and the local First Nations Band of the Sts’ailes and includes War Canoe Races, Men’s, Women’s, Mixed Doubles, Buckskins, Small and Large Canoes.  There will be a salmon barbeque, Drumming, Artisans, Sasquatch Talks, Medicine walks, Games and Cedar Weaving.

Ever wonder what the difference was between War Canoes and Dragon Boats?
Dragonboats are the basis of the team paddling sport of dragon boat racing an amateur watersport which has its roots in an ancient folk ritual of contending villagers held over the past 2000 years throughout southern China. While ‘competition’ has taken place annually for more than 20 centuries as part of religious ceremonies and folk customs, dragon boat racing has emerged in modern times as an international sport, beginning in Hong Kong in 1976.
Typically, a war canoe will be faster than a dragon boat over any given distance, because of a better hull shape (narrower and without the characteristic ‘w’ shape of dragon boat hulls), lighter construction, and the kneeling position allowing for a fuller, more powerful stroke than the sitting position used in dragon boats.

The term ‘war canoe’ is derived from large Native American canoes intended for war, and war canoeing was in fact a popular sport in Vancouver,  before large gatherings of indigenous people were outlawed for a time beginning in 1922.  War canoeing among indigenous communities is enjoying a revival today, although there as yet has been little interaction with non-indigenous teams.

A war canoe holds 15 paddlers including one coxswain, or cox, for steering. Native Americans also utilized canoes in warfare, ranging from small, lightweight canoes for rapid raids to large, ceremonial canoes amply decorated for conferences and other events. As an attack craft, a canoe is actually quite well designed, because it can be easy to maneuver with a skilled crew, and it can be extremely fast with a lot of paddlers working together to propel the canoe. Native American war canoes are sometimes seen at ceremonial events held by groups with a tradition of canoe building

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