On a trail traversed by thousands of people from all over the globe, a simple message lies on the side of the well-worn path: LOVISM. The meaning is left to the individual to interpret...
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High in the Himalayas, the people’s faith is apparent. The majority (approx. 93%) of the Sherpa follow a sect of Tibetan Buddhism and evidence of their religion can be found even in the highest mountain pass. Mani stones litter the trail to Sagarmatha (Everest) and prayer flags are draped on bridges, trees and even mountain peaks.
Prayer wheels and monasteries are also a common sight. Prayer Wheels are found in a range of sizes, some are a giant eight to ten feet high!
National Aboriginal Day is a day that recognizes and celebrates the vibrant culture of the First Nations Peoples of Canada. In Northern British Columbia, in the remote first nations community of Old Masset, the Haida commemorated the occasion through a traditional feast with singing, drumming and dancing.
This video is my first attempt at using Premiere Pro and is a little rough, but it gives an accurate account of the atmosphere on the day.
On the sidewalk, outside the Old Masset community hall, people were milling about and talking to relatives and neighbours. Ramsey, a large bear of a man, caught my eye and gave me a familiar greeting. We banter back and forth for a while and he laughs his warm, wheezy laugh. The Haida Bear Crest covering his chest bounces up and down as he chuckles. “Going inside?” he asks and gestures to the door. Wondering if I have time, I mention that I am on my way to the pole raising, but he assures me that there is plenty. It then dawns on me that in addition to the pole raising, there must be other festivities planned in honor of National Aboriginal Day.
For those of you unfamiliar with National Aboriginal Day, it is a day that recognizes and celebrates the vibrant culture of the First Nations peoples of Canada. And in Northern British Columbia, in the remote first nations community of Old Masset, the Haida were in the process of observing the occasion through a traditional feast with singing, drumming and dancing.
Thoughts about Indian Fashion
When I first arrived in Bangalore, I decided that in an effort to fit in with the locals I would introduce some colour into my drab travel wardrobe. I bought a beautiful fuchsia silk scarf to accent my boring beige, black and white travel pieces. I desperately wanted to purchase reams of colourful fabrics and dress myself in silk salwaars and sarees, but I was unsure of how locals would feel about a westerner in their traditional Indian clothing. So I embraced this colourful culture by imitating certain aspects of their style of dress.