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Watercolour and crayon
©2015 Charlene Brown
For centuries, the Ktunaxa, Stoney and Blackfoot First Nations used the ochre beds surrounding the ‘paint pots’ in Kootenay National Park as a source of pigments for ceremonial purposes.The ore was even mined for a time in the early 20th century, before it was decided that this was incompatible with the objectives of the National Park system.
I was there on a school hike in 1955, and have vivid memories of the site and its surroundings... well, not that vivid actually, and not necessarily in the arrangement shown.
This is my 400th post on 1150 Words, a milestone I'm as surprised as anyone that I've reached.