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The day following my visit to Batoche, I arranged a journey to another National Historic Site, namely the Wanuskewin Heritage Park, about 6 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon. "Wanuskewin" means "Seeking Peace of Mind" in the Cree language. With numerous trips to western Canada, I had failed to see a Medicine Wheel (Circle), and Wanuskewin offered the opportunity. The Visitors' Centre furnished me with a rough map, suggesting I walk south from the Centre toward the South Saskatchewan River until I hooked up with the trail known as the Circle of Harmony. Eventually, I found the Medicine Wheel, along with Tipi Rings, and this photograph is the result.

This particular Medicine Wheel is believed to have been established about 1,500 years ago. In the photograph, it is located about half way up, horizontally across the landscape, and darker. There is a circular base on which visitors may stand, but they are not permitted to venture out on to the actual wheel. The circle in front is, I believe, a Tipi Ring.

A Medicine Wheel has been used by many generations of Native American tribes for health and healing. It incorporates the four directions, as well as Father Sky, Mother Earth, and Spirit Tree - all of which symbolize aspects of health and cycles of life. Movement in the Wheel and accompanying ceremonies is clockwise. Geo coordinates in Google Earth are 52.13.01.43N, 106.36.09.05W, with elevation at 500 metres.

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  • Copyright: Ken Boulter (Sardonik) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 910] (1947)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2017-09-21
  • Categories: Cérémonies
  • Exposition: f/0.1, 1/512 secondes
  • Versions: version originale
  • Date Submitted: 2017-10-08 4:35
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