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Living Heritage: How’s the Water? - Sandra Massey, Research Program Coordinator David Foster Wallace‘s 2005 commencement speech to the graduating class at Kenyon College has become well-known. Wallace began his talk with this story: There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the…

Who Needs Built Heritage? - My first sighting was a small white structure in the near distance poking out from the aspen brush. It slowly turned into a belfry as I approached. Birds were already on my mind, having seen, on the northern side of the Qu’appelle Valley, a hunting hawk hover and dive into the ditch. And, on my way from Esterhazy, taking a break from a Catholic ritual and pilgrimage, I saw pairs of ravens…

"Heritage Belongs to the Land" - Kristin Catherwood, Director of Living Heritage "The landscape is saturated with story." I use this phrase often in my community work as a challenge for all of us to contemplate as we move through our days. This year has been a noteworthy one for paleontology in Saskatchewan as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Scotty the T-Rex's discovery, his (or her) designation as the…

The Heritage of Saskatchewan Day - by Katherine Gilks, Projects Coordinator With Saskatchewan Day having just passed (and I hope everyone had a good weekend), I decided to reflect on the holiday and its ongoing heritage. I admit that I was surprised to learn that Saskatchewan Day was declared the name of the holiday in the mid 1970s. The Civic Holiday in August has always been to me just that – the “civic holiday in…

Living Heritage and Mindreading - Sandra Massey, Research Program Coordinator Living Heritage: our values, beliefs and ways of living shape our sense of identity, belonging and place. Moreover, how we see the world and how we navigate our way in the world is a direct result of the cultural context in which we live, work and play; a complex, social ecological system as discussed in my June 10th blog post. I recently read a…

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