How Spending the Night in a Teepee Can Make You a Better Canadian


Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 — 10:45am PST
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ZenSeekers writer and photographer, Abby Cooper shares her thoughts on why she feels more connected to our Canadian culture after visiting the Ktunaxa Nation’s Speaking Earth in St. Eugene, BC.

Ktunaxa Nation's Speaking Earth in St. Eugene, BC - Abby Cooper Photo

What makes a great Canadian? While the answer is subject to perspective, I think most Canadians will agree that understanding who and what shaped our country before eastern influence all the way to present day is a pretty big part of being a Canadian. What if I told you that sleeping in a teepee would make you a better Canadian? Curious? Read on…

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How Spending the Night in a Teepee Can Make You a Better Canadian

Learning about our Canadian heritage through schooling as a kid, museum visits and books isn’t the same as living it. Entering the teepee was like entering another era. The smell, the wool blankets, the essence of shared space and community was present instantly. Although we had cosier beds than traditional sleeping methods seen in teepees, we felt connected to the earth and each other’s company through proximity. Silently we reflected on the day’s events.

Ktunaxa Nation's Speaking Earth in St. Eugene, BC - Abby Cooper Photo

We had attended a language class for the Ktunaxa Nation connecting us verbally to the culture. A tour, short film and museum visit visual connected us through artefacts and provided an educational experience. Our tour guide shared creation stories believed by the Ktunaxa and continued with their history to present day life. For dinner, we ate traditional bison stew and bannock bread served over the fire as the sunset and the stars appeared.

Ktunaxa Nation's Speaking Earth in St. Eugene, BC - Abby Cooper Photo

To cap off the evening, we sat with a Ktunaxa elder while she shared legends and beliefs from her culture – a culture that shaped how our country came to be. It was completely magical to listen to history come to life. Our experience at Speaking Earth was as close to living the past as possible in modern times.

Ktunaxa Nation's Speaking Earth in St. Eugene, BC - Abby Cooper Photo

Culturally connected, we left with a greater understanding of history, insight to an ancient way of life and gained a deeper connection to a culture that helped shaped our present and will continue to shape the future. Anytime we can learn more about our past and the cultures and events that moulded it, the more awareness we gain and the better choices we can help make for the future of our country, hence making us a better Canadian. This ZenSeekers experience was nothing short of magical!

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