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8 Editor’s letter 10 Panforte! 16 Go Home to Go Green 24 Forest Fresh Fashion 28 At Home With Tim Maloney 34 History: Haven of Rest 38 Walk With Marie Rosko 40 Artist Judy McLaren 43 Paws on the Peninsula 44 Footloose Travel Log 46 Meet our Advertisers

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on our cover Cara Guidolin, outfitted by Greenhawk Vancouver Island, and Stella at Russell Nursery. Photo by Lia Crowe

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CONTRIBUTORS ANGELA COWAN

LIA CROWE

DON DENTON

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Angela is an award-winning journalist, poet and freelance writer and editor. She has always been fascinated by other people’s stories, and is excited to be able to more deeply explore the Peninsula in her writing, particularly in her home community of Sidney.

Don is the Photo Supervisor for Black Press, Greater Victoria. He contributes photographs to magazines such as Boulevard, Tweed and Monday, as well as Pearl, and to newspapers including the Victoria News.

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Sean McIntyre is a freelance writer from Montreal who now works, plays and enjoys living on Salt Spring Island with his wife Natsuko and their dog Goma.

Born and raised in Victoria, Lia spent the first decade of her career working in the international fashion industry, and now has more than 10 years’ experience working on the editorial side of lifestyle magazines.

Chelsea is a lifestyle writer and has had the opportunity to write stories about people and places around the world. One of Chelsea’s favourite places to write about is her home on the Saanich Peninsula.

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Darcy is a freelance writer, an award-winning author, book editor and publisher, and a writing instructor. Words are her passion and she knows everyone has a story to tell.

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Hans’ writing includes travel, environment and native culture. He has penned 10 books and writes for numerous newspapers and magazines in Canada and internationally.


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EDITOR’S LETTER SUSAN LUNDY

Memories, traditions and a nod to the season

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t becomes slightly horrifying when one starts doing the math, but having celebrated over half a century worth of Christmases, it’s understandable that so many seasonal memories swirl about in my head like the glittery white specks in those festive snow shakers. Because I have so very many festive memories all tumbling around in my head, there’s quite a mix that surfaces when I start thinking about it.

wrapped it up for them; I simply couldn’t wait to see their joyous faces upon opening it. Move ahead 20-odd years. Out tumbles a memory of my elder daughter, Danica, then a preschooler, her voice rising above the din of a bookstore as she pointed to an illustration. “Look!” she cried. “There’s baby Jesus and the prima donna!” (There’s good reason she knew that word.) Or there’s the memory of the Christmas our brains became as scrambled as mashed potatoes and gravy, and we brought home a puppy for the girls (goodbye holiday sleep). But through all these bubbling memories weaves tradition, and I can recite the activities that defined the season in my childhood — from placing milk and cookies on the hearth for Santa to plucking coins from the Christmas pudding — many of which were later transposed into my own family’s traditions. This year, however, as we anticipate the holiday homecoming of our adult children, with at least two of them bringing partners, we realized it’s time to change up tradition. Time to rein in the gift-giving, for one, because it becomes unwieldy (and too pricey for young adults) with a dozen people. But no matter what the expression of the tradition, the crux of the season remains: this will be the time when we turn off computers and phones (I promise … sort

OR THERE’S THE MEMORY OF THE CHRISTMAS OUR BRAINS BECAME AS SCRAMBLED AS MASHED POTATOES AND GRAVY, AND WE BROUGHT HOME A PUPPY FOR THE GIRLS (GOODBYE HOLIDAY SLEEP). I recall bursting with anticipation the year, as a primary school student, I wrapped up a gift for my aunt and uncle, who lived in Shawnigan Lake. I loved them dearly, mostly because, at night, they left out milk and little plates of food for the raccoons. (Somewhat misguided, I realize today; however, as a child, I was absolutely charmed by the gesture.) In school I wrote and illustrated a report about raccoons. I

of) and enjoy the company of friends and family. This issue of Pearl gives a definitive nod to the season, but also embraces its spirit in a more subtle way. Join sweet-toothed writer Angela Cowan as she visits the “Queen of Flour Power,” Kathy Scott, and learns how to create panforte — an Italian delight traditionally prepared during the festive season. And check out our fashion story, as we visit Russell Nursery in pursuit of the perfect holiday tree, wearing the latest in chic local fashion. Two stories in this issue of Pearl feature people who embrace the essence of the season by undertaking charitable work: meet Tim Maloney, who works with Mercy Ships (and has a remarkable sock collection!); and walk with Marie Rosko, local Rotary Club member and former mayor. In our feature house story, we tour a Green Build neighbourhood (what better gift to bestow upon the earth?); our history piece takes a fascinating look at the story behind the now-demolished Resthaven hospital; the wonder-filled work of Judy McLaren is the focus of our arts story; and Footloose travel writer Hans Tammemagi takes us on a journey through the visually rich North Dakota. All in all, there’s lots to enjoy in this issue of Pearl during the holiday season and beyond. I wish you all the best as you delve into memories of seasons past and relish those in the making.

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Using Flour Power to create a traditional Italian delight WO R D S : A N G E L A C OWA N

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In the unofficial panforte capital of Siena, many confectionaries have their distinct iterations, such as unique packaging, and the recipes are jealously guarded secrets.

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s far back as the 13th century, Italians have been making and sharing panforte, a spiced, dense dessert that dances on the borders of cake, candy and bread. Traditionally made at Christmastime, panforte begins with sugar dissolved in honey, and is then mixed with flour, nuts, dried fruit and all manner of spices. It’s chewy and rich — the perfect companion to a cup of dark coffee or strong tea, and it’s what I’m baking this afternoon with longtime Deep Cove resident and stunningly talented baker, Kathy Scott. DECEMBER 2017 / JANUARY 2018 PEARL

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The itch to try it out has been brewing for Kathy since September, when a friend brought back some panforte from Siena, Italy, and shared it among members of their walking group. “I’d seen recipes for it, and I’d saved them in my file,” says Kathy. “But I had never tasted it before.” Throughout its long history, panforte recipes have evolved into an incredible variety. There are versions with chocolate and without (we’re using both cocoa powder and melted chocolate in ours — heaven!), some with chilis to add a touch of heat and still others with coriander and dried fruit soaked in verjus. In the unofficial panforte capital of Siena, many confectionaries have distinct iterations, such as unique packaging, and the recipes are jealously guarded secrets. The recipe Kathy’s found for us to try is suffused with figs and citrus peel, toasted almonds and hazelnuts, cardamom and ginger and freshly grated nutmeg. And, of course, chocolate. Kathy hands me an apron and directs me to the zester. Soon, I’m grating the uppermost layer of skin from two oranges, while she bustles about the kitchen with the confident air of an accomplished baker — and with good reason. She’s been baking and adding her own twists to recipes since she was a kid, she says, even when all she had to work with were boxed mixes. Then about eight years ago, her friend Andrea Walsh invited her to bring some of her baked goods to the newly opening North Saanich Farm Market, and the reaction was enthusiastic. Their business Flour Power was born, and almost immediately bread lineups grew to dozens of people strong as word got around. “It’s kind of something I just stumbled into,” Kathy says now with a laugh. “I mostly did it as a community-building exercise, to help get the market started.” The business has since changed hands a little, as Andrea left and fellow foodie Jane Robertson stepped in, but remains a staple at the market and in the neighbourhood. But with the market now closed for the winter season, Kathy has time to play, trying new recipes and making more effort-intensive


goodies, like fresh, from-scratch croissants and, of course, the panforte. I finish sifting the cocoa powder and flour mix over the dried fruit and carefully dip my hand in to mix it all together, breaking apart the sticky clumps of fig and citrus peel. Soft as powdered sugar, the blend sends up little puffs of chocolate-tinged dust as I swirl it round the deep stainless bowl. Then Kathy takes over as she brings the honeyed sugar syrup, bubbling and rich and golden. In it goes, pouring over the chocolate and fruit and turning everything into a spectacular mahogany shade. Finally, the warm toasted nuts are tossed in and we both take a turn at flexing our biceps to mix the incredibly stiff batter. (Kathy even breaks a spatula, which sends both of into fits of laughter.) Within minutes, we’ve pressed the batter into a handful of round pans of varying sizes, and thankfully we only have about 10 minutes to wait until they’re baked. Though there are quite a number of steps to putting it all together, in Kathy’s capable hands — with modest assistance from this humble home baker — the panforte turns out triumphantly. “People have such a fear of baking, but it’s just following a formula,” Kathy says. It takes practice, yes, but “if you have all your ingredients and you follow the instructions, you’re going to be fine.” Her advice for those who may be hesitant to pick up their wooden spoons and oven mitts: “Always read your recipe through. And before you start, gather all your ingredients. It’ll save you, because you won’t forget something critical, like baking soda or salt. Then just give it a try. Even if it doesn’t turn out exactly as you’d planned, it’s most likely still good.” She adds, “It’s very satisfying to pull out something even simple, like a cookie, and think ‘I did that.’ I know so many creative people — artists and writers — and that’s not my thing, but I can do this. I can create something with some basic foodstuffs and I find that very satisfying. It’s absolutely my creative outlet.” The last instruction on our recipe is to let the panforte cool completely, preferably for several days, before removing it from the pan. Ahem. Several days?

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In your time of need we keep it Simple Kathy Scott with her panforte creation.

Kathy sends me home with a six-inch pan and I promise her I’ll wait until at least the next morning to liberate it. Then again, it’s awfully brisk outside as I make my way back to my car. The early winter air crackles in the oak leaves overhead and the smells — so rich they’re almost good enough to bite — drift up from the panforte. Surely by this evening, after the dinner dishes are washed up, and I’ve sung my son to sleep, and there’s a Brown Betty brewing a pot of builder’s tea, surely by then I’ll be able to trim a slice and let that chewy, chocolate decadence melt on my tongue. Bon appetit!

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150 grams whole blanched almonds 150 grams whole blanched hazelnuts 200 grams candied orange peel 100 grams dried figs, chopped into ½ inch pieces Grated zest of 1 orange 240 grams all-purpose flour 100 grams cocoa powder 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp ginger ¼ tsp cardamom ½ tsp cloves ½ tsp nutmeg ½ tsp salt ½ tsp black pepper


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FOREST FRESH WORDS + PHOTOGRAPHY BY

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Winter on the Peninsula beckons us to head outdoors to enjoy one of the coast’s most beautiful seasons. Amid the holiday bounty at Russell Nursery, we present the cosiest local fashion, featuring woolen knits to keep out the chill, waxed fabric to keep out the damp and stylish footwear that can handle a forest trail. Enjoy the fresh, crisp winter air this season in style.

On Cara: vest ($269) and sweater ( $360) by Noel Asmar, “Chelsea” breech ($150) by Elation, and all season boots ($259) by Auken, all from Greenhawk Vancouver Island. On Stella the dog (seen on page 4): plaid dog coat ($30) by Shedrow from Greenhawk. Vancouver Island. DECEMBER 2017 / JANUARY 2018 PEARL

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Sweater ($129) by Mountain Horse cutline can go here from Greenhawk Vancouver Island.


On Cara - Grey sweater ($110) by Lolë and rain jacket ($100) by Joules both from Capital Iron Sidney; boots ($209) by Blundstone from Greenhawk Vancouver Island. On Sterling - “Lots of Dinos” raincoat ($59.99), boots ($39.99) and umbrella ($19.99) all by Hatley and from Capital Iron in Sidney.

Makeup and hair - Jen Clark Models - Cara Guidolin, her son, Sterling, and her Whippet, Stella. Cara is also the dog groomer at the newly expanded Greenhawk Vancouver Island, in Brentwood Bay Village.

Photographed at Russell Nursery. A huge thank you to Russell Nursery and their gracious staff for hosting our photo shoot.

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Tim Maloney, National Director Mercy Ships Canada, at his home in North Saanich.

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“TO AVOID BEING A BORING BUREAUCRAT, I USED TO WEAR TIES WITH MICKEY MOUSE, JERRY GARCIA AND OTHER WEIRD PATTERNS. BUT TIES HAVE FALLEN OUT OF FASHION, SO I SWITCHED TO HAPPY SOCKS.” But back to Mercy Ships, Tim describes the poverty in Africa, which is especially severe in the sub-Saharan nations like Togo and Guinea. Healthcare simply does not exist or is unaffordable to ordinary people. Lack of treatment often leads to disfiguring complications, lifelong disability or death. Mercy Ships’ staff remove tumours, repair cleft palates, straighten bent limbs, fix cataracts and perform dental and other procedures. Removing a disfigurement usually means the person is accepted again by society. This gives their lives back. It is transformational and very moving. The Mercy Ships charity started in 1978 when a retired cruise ship was converted to a f loating, full-function hospital with operating rooms, ward beds and a staff of about 400, hailing from about 40 countries. English is the working language. All the surgeries and support work such as cooking are performed by volunteers: doctors, nurses, orderlies, cooks. Even the ship’s captain donates his time. “What’s remarkable,” says Tim, “is that everyone aboard not only volunteers their time but also pays for room and board.” Thus, donations by others go primarily to maintaining the ship, with fuel taking large fractions. For every dollar donated the impact is tripled. Since it began, Mercy Ships has — through five different ships — provided treatment to more than two million patients around the world in 57 countries. Medical training is also given to locals. Recently, agricultural training has been added. The charity has national offices in 16 countries with its headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. Mercy Ships has committed to another ship, Global Mercy, which is being purpose-built as a hospital and will have more operating rooms and a larger staff. It will be commissioned in 2019. Now aged 66, Tim, who wears spectacles and a sports a trim white beard and moustache, was born and raised in a small Saskatchewan community. Since receiving two university degrees in the study of recreation and leisure, his entire career has been committed to working for charities, primarily at the United Way, and for the past eight years at Mercy Ships. “I’ve been putting my hand in people’s pockets for 40 years,” he said, smiling. He also belongs to Rotary Club because the organization believes in


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ictoria and the Saanich Peninsula were regions on the move during the early 20th century..The gold rush heyday was past but the human migration and money that followed had transformed a colonial outpost into British Columbia’s economic and cultural centre. Population growth and increased development were good for business, yet the bustle of urban life was taking its toll on the human spirit. So a group of enterprising businessmen stepped in to ease the pains of the growing city’s residents. By 1913, the North Saanich Hydropathic Company had acquired an islet in Shoal Bay north of Sidney and begun construction on a facility that was known as Resthaven by the time its doors swung open to welcome the first guests in August 1913. Sidney historian Brad Morrison, whose family settled on the Saanich Peninsula during the 1860s, has encountered much of the region’s history in his 10 years of volunteering at the Sidney Archives. Among the region’s multitude of fascinating historical tales, the story of Resthaven hospital is among the most intriguing, and Morrison has devoted two years to pouring through its historical records while working on a book about the building and its legacy.

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He says the facility met with immediate success and was inundated with well-heeled patrons from the surrounding region. Ads for the facility published in the Victoria British Colonist newspaper in the weeks following opening day present Resthaven more as a resort than healthcare facility. In one prominent advertisement, the Resthaven retreat promised “recreation and temporary relaxation from the noise and tiresome routine of city life or for those who have become run down from overwork or illness.” Treatments included hot, seawater baths, massage and the “electric bath.” The latter had patients lay or stand in capsule-like boxes equipped with ultraviolet lights. These early tanning beds were all the rage across North America and Europe during the early 20th century based on beliefs in the healing properties of UV exposure. Equally popular were Resthaven’s hydrotherapy treatments, spa-like services that used hot and cold water to treat various forms of mental illness and addiction, including alcoholism. The centre’s early success met with hard times at the outbreak of the First World War as the economy floundered and young men travelled to


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The people of the Peninsula rallied around the hospital’s patients and promptly stepped up to assist in which ever ways they could. Local residents and groups would visit soldiers frequently, presenting patients with entertainment such as theatre, movies and song. Others led restorative walks or boating trips in the hospital’s placid and soothing surroundings. “The government intends to expend every effort…to give the men the maximum of comfort as some small reward for their service to their King and country,” read a front-page news story about Resthaven’s reincarnation published in the Dec. 7, 1916 edition of the Victoria British Colonist. “Located as it is amid the most beautiful scenery, in a lovely climate, it is an ideal spot for the returned soldier to recuperate after his strenuous duties at the front,” the article continues. In a fateful twist that signified the era’s changing times and priorities, the new Resthaven strived to heal individuals and restore some degree of normalcy in their daily lives — a far cry from the privileged visitors who originally visited to find solace from the urban rat race. War’s end saw Resthaven embark on its final but not least significant chapter. In 1921, the building began operation as a hospital run by the Seventh Day Adventists under the name Rest Haven. For nearly 60 years, the hospital loomed large in the daily lives of Saanich Peninsula residents. The hospital is reported to have offered treatments ranging from general check-ups and surgical care to hydrotherapy and maternity care. Between 1922 and 1938, Morrison writes, the centre also trained 68 male and female nurses. “Everyone, when in need of any medical treatments, Rest Haven is where they went,” Morrison says. “It is significant that just about 90 per

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y father came to Canada from Greece as a young man seeking his fortune, and arrived in snowy, cold Edmonton. He settled in and learned English as quickly as he could to gain employment as a chef. He eventually moved to Victoria where he started his own restaurant — one of many in his lifetime. I started helping in his restaurant at the age of 11, making my way downtown after school and working as assistant dishwasher. This gave me spending money, sparked my entrepreneurial drive and helped me learn about business from the ground up.  My career objective was to become a lab technician, but while working a summer job in a dental lab, I was approached by a medical clinic and subsequently became the office nurse/ receptionist for three very busy doctors.  On a trip to Calgary to visit a sister, I met the “love of my life” — my husband Lorne. We soon married and moved to Hanna, Alberta. Eventually, tiring of the winters, we relocated to beautiful Sidney. Upon our arrival, my husband took one look at the striking surroundings and said — after having grown up in Saskatchewan — “We are never moving.”  Give us a brief history of your time as a businesswoman in Sidney. We began our business careers in Sidney by-the-Sea and have enjoyed many friendships within the township,  the business community and our wonderful clientele. Over time, we set up and subsequently sold a dry-cleaning business, jewellery store, pet store, computer training business and a  home cleaning service. I now own Sweet Talk  & Lace, a lovely lingerie store. I have certainly enjoyed working in and with the Sidney business community. It has been a wonderful experience. In the early ‘70s, the Sidney business community was struggling and many stores were empty. I collaborated with some local business owners to pool our resources and promote Sidney as a shopping destination. It was the beginning of the Sidney Association of Merchants, which enjoyed many successful years promoting Sidney by-the-Sea. Currently, the Sidney Business Improvement Association does an excellent job of marketing and promoting Sidney. You were mayor of Sidney from 1991 to 1996. What inspired you to run for this position? I ran for mayor out of concern about the town’s support for a massive, 11-acre highway interchange to be constructed at  the entrance to Sidney. The projected plan would have totally 38

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What are your hobbies? As a business owner, wife and mother of six children and five grandchildren, I have little time for hobbies. However, I have recently taken up yoga, enjoy scrapbooking when I can and volunteer for a local church group to support those less fortunate.   Who is your hero/who do you admire? And why? In such a diverse world it is difficult to have one hero…there are so many. On a personal note, I feel that my father became a hero but certainly not by his own choosing. He had been a prominent, successful business owner in Victoria with a thriving restaurant and a small hotel that provided an exceptionally good living for our family. Unfortunately, he had an advisor that in time swindled him, eventually costing him his fortune. He had to start again at an older age, doing manual labour and in time managed to save enough to open up a small restaurant in Sidney that he ran very successfully until his retirement. My father taught me many valuable lessons, including the importance of family, and commitment and perseverance when the going gets tough. It has been a valuable lesson that has provided me with endurance and determination when required.

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Artist Judy McLaren in her home studio in North Saanich, with examples of her work in the background.

“That was an absolutely fabulous experience. The College of Art is very academic and traditional in approach, and the teachers were nurturing and very much encouraged the development of personal style,” Judy recalls. “We did drawing and painting from nudes, colour work, composition, beauty of line — it was aweinspiring.” Judy got a job in the exhibit department at the Royal Ontario Museum, which she credits with providing her excellent discipline training, as well as other things not taught in art school, such as pen-in-ink botanical illustrations and dioramas’ backgrounds. In 1982, Judy moved to the West Coast where she began to develop herself as a private artist, and worked on children’s book illustrations. “After having kids, painting went on the back burner. But now that my kids are grown, I’m back at it full time,”

JUDY MCLAREN’S GENRE IS WONDER. IT’S FINDING SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY IN THE ABSOLUTELY ORDINARY. Judy says. “Will I ever retire? Nope! Do I have to paint? Absolutely, or I’ll go insane,” she adds with a laugh. “I think it’s good mental exercise — every painting is new, all the problems you’re solving are new, every brush stroke is a decision. You’re really using your brain and your heart.” One of Judy’s favourite mantras is to “paint faster than you think, so that it comes from your gut and not your head.” That being said, the pieces in her Seascapes series each took about a month of work – many of which can be viewed at the Brentwood Bay Lodge and Spa where Judy is the featured artist until February 2018. “Generally when I look at my work, I’m busy redoing it in my mind. There are about 20 pieces in my lifetime that I’m really happy with,” she says. “That’s the life of being an artist; you are always pursuing perfection and you never quite get there. But sometimes things just click and the concept is already developed in your mind before you start painting and it just works. And moments like that are wonderful.” As is reflected in her artwork, Judy draws inspiration from everywhere. “I’ll walk into a room and see a bunch of garlic and go ‘oh my gosh, I have to paint that.’ Or there might be something about a relationship I see in a coffee shop that inspires me to paint. As long as I can swing a brush, I’ll be out there.” Although Judy claims that she doesn’t have a specific genre associated with her work, the longer I spend admiring and studying her pieces, the less I find that selfidentification to be true. Judy McLaren’s genre is wonder. It’s finding something extraordinary in the absolutely ordinary. It’s stirring people’s emotions like the ocean turns the tide. It’s warming people up from the spirit outward on a snowy day on the Saanich Peninsula. 42

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Clockwise from top left: BamBam, an Pomeranian rescue dog; Stanley, a mixed breed; Dennis, a Labrador; (left) Patch, a Bichon Frise mix; Winston, a Bichon Frise/Shih Tzu mix; Jackson Brown, and Dixie, Pugs; and Ruby, a Rough Collie.

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NORTH DAKOTA Land of visual delights

W O R D S A N D P H OTO G R A P H Y H A N S TA M M E M AG I

Jingle dress dancers at Little Shell Powwow.

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pproaching Minot, North Dakota by air, it looked like God had taken an iron to a large quilt of green rectangles and pressed it flat. Having long hankered to know this remote corner of the United States, I was here to explore the wide open spaces, the big skies, the ruler-straight roads and the cowboy mentality. My first stop was New Town nestled on the shore of Lake Skakawea, which — created by damming the Missouri River — is like a watery anaconda slithering through the vast rolling prairie lands in the northwestern part of this rectangular state. This weekend, New Town, on the Fort Berthold Reservation — and home to the Mandan, Arikara and

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Hidatsa nations — was hosting the Little Shell Powwow. I met Jason Morsette, a tribal tourism manager, who described the area’s many attractions and said, “The powwow, however, is central to our tourism strategy.” The Little Shell Powwow attracts about 10,000 attendees over four days in August with dancing competitions as the main draw. That evening, I watched the Grand Entrance, a mass of dancers wearing a colourful traditional regalia of feathers and beads, all hopping and bopping to the ferocious beat of singers and drummers. It was like a kaleidoscope in vivid technicolour! The next day, I spoke with Jonna Grace Brady, who had just finished


North Dakota badlands.

the Jingle Dress Dance. Only 15, she was already a seasoned dancer having started at age three. “I love dancing,” she said. “I dance for the elders, for the Creator and for fun.” She wore a dress with fancy beadwork and many little bells, and held a fan of eagle feathers. Small children dressed in traditional costumes wandered happily in the midst of dance competitions, trying to imitate their elders. Circles of men pounded on large drums and sang, creating a throbbing beat for the dances. The elaborate outfits were made by the dancers themselves or by their close relatives. Nothing was store bought. This powwow included a rodeo; after all, this is cowboy country. The riders, all wearing large Stetsons, came from as far away as California, Texas, Wisconsin and Canada. At the opening, Jason Morsette, dressed in full regalia including an impressive war bonnet, sang the national anthem in his native Arikara language. Then the mayhem began. The bulls were tough, angry critters and within seconds threw their riders, who dodged deadly, flying hooves as they crashed to the dirt. I quietly gave thanks that I’m a writer and not a bull rider. Driving away, I realized that powwows are a time for people to gather, sing, dance, feast, pray and renew friendships. Powwows are a lot of fun! Little wonder the small state of North Dakota holds 13 each year. We nonnatives have much to learn. Driving west, the landscape’s flatness was enhanced by gentle rolls, like waves on a lake. The roads were straight and fast, and void of people. This part of the state is underlain by oil deposits. Their vast numbers were

illustrated by their many pumps quietly rotating in fields. After dark, their flares were like a fairy lights scattered in the landscape. The next morning, the under a cloud-free sky, the prairie transformed to badlands as I drove to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Entering the south access, I was surprised to see an enormous shaggy buffalo grazing right beside the road. Sticking close to the car, I furtively snuck a photo. The road ambled though a maze of hoodoos, knobs, ridges and buttes. What an unusual contrast to the prairies! Buffalo shared the land with antelope, deer and prairie dogs. Yellow asters lined the road. Best of all, it was not crowded and the sun sparkled. The River Bend Overlook shelter, built during the Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps, was a reminder that tough times can hit even beautiful places. Sitting inside, gazing down at the Little Missouri River, I wondered how a gangling, young Theodore Roosevelt was influenced by this unusual landscape. Heading eastward brought me to Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site near Stanton. An earthen lodge covered in grass and wildflowers and filled with artifacts showed how the Hidatsa lived in times past. The lodge provided shelter during the bitter northern plains winters. Soon I entered Bismarck, the state capital, which had much to offer. I visited the domed legislative building, the Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park — including the On-A-Slant Indian Village — and the North Dakota Heritage Center and Museum, with its outstanding displays of dinosaurs. As I headed back to the Minot airport, wind turbines dotted the sprawling landscape like tall, elegant swans. The large blades winked at me, urging me to return soon to this land of powwows, rodeos, hoodoos, straight roads and friendly people.

I WATCHED THE GRAND ENTRANCE, A MASS OF DANCERS WEARING COLOURFUL TRADITIONAL REGALIA OF FEATHERS AND BEADS, ALL HOPPING AND BOPPING TO THE FEROCIOUS BEAT OF SINGERS AND DRUMMERS.

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