Saturday, December 17, 2005

National Aboriginal Veterans Monument

While roaming around Ottawa in the cold taking pictures of Christmas lights the other night, I came across this monument which I hadn't noticed before — perhaps because I hadn't been in that spot before. Perhaps.


National Aboriginal Veterans Monument


It's the National Aboriginal Veterans Monument although I'm almost sure that the wording on the monument said First Nations rather than Aboriginal. I snapped a picture and rather like the way that it turned out.


Here is a little more information from the Saskatchewan Sage News and Headlines for June, 1998 (scroll down the page if you go there).


The monument depicts four representative Aboriginal people - a woman, a First Nations person, a Métis person and an Inuit person.


As well, animals are incorporated into the design to show the traits valued in Aboriginal societies which may show up as spirit guides: a bear for strength, a wolf for family values, a cougar for stealth and an elk for sharp senses.


Above all else on the monument flies an eagle, known as the thunderbird, which is symbolic of the Creator.


 

9 comments:

kathy said...

awww thats great! i read in your link that More than 7,000 Indians served in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War, and an unknown number of Inuit, Métis and other Natives also participated. One Native veterans group estimates that 12,000 Natives served in the three wars.

Stacy said...

That's some impressive monument! Nice that the government recognized the Natives' efforts and sacrifice.

Butterfly said...

I noticed the monument too and wondered what it was for. It looked beautiful, all warmly lit up againt the dark night. You captured it well here.

George Breed said...

Magnificent & Lively!

Bear, Elk, Wolf, Cougar, Eagle, Human = Strong Alliance

Bonita said...

I want to know more about the Metis...

I like the animal alliance, and enjoy these traditional motiffs in Native American Art. So much reading to do, so little time.

Bonita said...

Well, AC, you had me curious, so I did a search on Metis, and got this:

METIS [MEE-tis] is the innermost known satellite of Jupiter ... Metis and Adrastea lie within Jupiter's main ring and ...

METIS is a family of programs for partitioning unstructured graphs and hypergraphs and computing fill ... very large problems. The METIS family consists of three different packages ...

Then, I found what I was looking for, not a hypergraph or one of Jupiter's rings! Just some fascinating info about the Native-European mix. I found this interesting:

"Metis people adapted their form of dance from that of the Plains Indians and European jigs and reels, to their own. It is believed that many forms of Metis dances grew into the very popular square dancing of today."

Interesting how statues inspire exploration... The article you linked had another link to a nice article on beadworking by Pamela Green

Matt said...

Nice post, you can read more about this on my friend Shelley's blog.
http://the-unspoken-truth.blogspot.com

I've always been fascinated with the Native Code talkers.

George Breed said...

Anvilcloud, I invite you please to turn your mind to A Worthy Project on my site. Thanks, George

Simply Coll said...

What a striking monument.