Saturday, June 25, 2011


This horse is ready for the parade.  Since it wasn't painted for warfare by a male heading into battle, but rather by a young woman with an optimistic outlook, it sports a happy face in spray paint, graffiti-style, and a glitter pen addition above that.

This is a classic Metis band, with a little audio amplification.  Around here they play for funerals and dances, parades and Saturday nights.  This low-boy is probably carrying more than 150 years of musical experience from these three friendly guys who supply so much of the glue that holds the communities together between continents and countries, tribes and homesteaders.

Fiddlers are especially esteemed, continuing a tradition passed along for many centuries.  Maybe you know the Peter Bowen mysteries in which the Metis fiddlers are lifted up.

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