Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park’s sacred roots | Travel Alberta
- By : Oliver Santos
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There’s a lot of things that kind of kick in. For me, when I’m here and I look around, my grandparents, I see them. I can feel them. Grandfather said, “Don’t ever lose the old ways.” “Always remember, when you come here and you pay homage to the spirits and your ancestors.” My responsibility is to share my stories with my children, my grandchildren, as they were shared with me. My name is Alvin Manychief. Ever since I was a toddler, I was brought here by my grandparents. I was brought here by my parents. It’s a very sacred place for the Blackfoot people, for a lot of Plains tribes people. My name is Camina Weasel Moccasin. I was born a Manychief. My father here, Alvin Manychief, we are from the Kainai Nation and I am part of the Many Childrens clan. My father brought me and my youngest brother. He gave us tobacco to leave offerings. He sang our clan song. We prayed. And then he interpreted the images for us. Little did I know at the time, I would later be an interpreter here and work here. And the interpretations that he shared with me that day, I was then able to share with people who came to visit us from all over the world. All the Plains tribes that came, this is where they were drawn to. To come to this sacred land, to pursue their vision quests, and to record. Whether you’re a spiritual person or not, as soon as you step off your vehicle, you’re immersed in this landscape, you feel that energy, and it means different things to different people, but everybody feels that connection. It’s really important for me to bring my son here, so that he feels that connection to this land and to his ancestors. It’s such a unique place with such a unique energy that no matter where you’re coming from, you’re going to have those lasting memories or something’s going to happen here to really help you connect and always remember this place and have it hold a special place in your heart. I want to come here when I’m 99 and I
want to hear my grandchildren and my great-grandchildren still singing our
songs out here. That’s what I want. The memories are there and the stories are there. You carry those memories and you carry those stories.