Monday, August 31, 2015
I'd asked her to move her hair braid out of the way, but she told me that she had her medicine attached to it - the medicine bundle is very important to some First Nations - one man told me it was the essence of being an Indian - it usually is a small pouch made for the wearer by a spiritual practitioner with objects inside it, and I was told it helped with their spiritual journey.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Friday, August 28, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Lowertown, Quebec City - I used to live there! It was a place to live very cheaply - diners would sell five course meals for a couple of bucks, although drug deals would be going on next to you.
The first place on the right is a convenience shop - in Quebec City, these were often called "Accomodations" - on the hand lettered sign in the window, it was shorted to 'Acc. Louis' ( I think). The next shop is a casse-croute (snack bar).
Here's how it looks today - big change!:
This was about the time the Gabrielle Roy library opened - I think it helped to revive the neighbourhood - there used to be few public libraries in the predominantly French speaking areas of Quebec. In 1901, the Catholic Archbishop of Montreal, Paul-Napoléon Bruchési, stopped Montreal from having a library donated by Andrew Carnegie, even after the municipal council accepted it, because books that the church disapproved of would be available.