Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Not in Alberta or British Columbia

Kakabeka Falls

Kakabeka Falls
Watercolour and crayon
©2017 Charlene Brown

Kakabeka Falls are on the TransCanada Highway 30 km west of Thunder Bay. At 40 meters, it is the second highest waterfall in Ontario.  (The much better-known Niagara is only 11 meters higher.)

Not only is it a very pretty waterfall, Kakabeka comes with a great story… An Ojibwe Chief instructed his daughter, Princess Green Mantle, to devise a plan to protect her people from an imminent Sioux invasion. She entered the Sioux camp along the Kaministiquia River and, pretending to be lost, bargained with them to spare her life if she would guide them to her father’s camp. Placed in the bow of the lead canoe, she instead led the warriors and herself over the falls to their deaths. The legend claims that one can see Green Mantle when looking into the mist of Kakabeka Falls, a monument to the princess who gave her life to save her people…

If I’d remembered that story when I was painting this I would have included her in the picture.