Sunday, July 31, 2016

An Anishinaabe Scout And An Ottawa Skyline

With tomorrow's theme day before us, I have some shots taken in May. Another from this series will feature into tomorrow's theme day, but I wanted to present these as well. This is a view looking across to the north end of Major's Hill Park from the path coming down from Nepean Point. There's a statue positioned across the gap.


It is the statue of an Anishinaabe scout. The sculpture originally stood up at Nepean Point, at the foot of the monument to Samuel de Champlain. You can see the Champlain statue in the background of this shot, taken from the south side of the statue. The scout was moved over here after concerns from First Nations elders that its placement gave the image of subservience to a white explorer. The sculpture does stand out well here, and the visitor can walk around it, taking in the surroundings, which include Parliament Hill, the park, and the National Gallery.

27 comments:

  1. Nice to see that the sculpture now has singular placement. I can understand the concerns of the First Nations elders. Champlain appears to be on a high pedestal. Though he appears proud and self assured, the scout is kneeling.

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  2. Very beautiful photos. Have a nice day Sunday, William !

    Tomás.

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  3. Beautiful sculpture. It looks nice in this location!
    Have a pleasant day William.

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  4. It is a beautiful sculpture. Its good it is given a separate placing.

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  5. This excellent sculpture deserves this advantageous spot!

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  6. That's an interesting one, like to see it sometime.

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  7. @Kay: it was the right decision. The only drawback is that he had a better view at the other spot.

    @Tomas: thanks!

    @Bill: they chose the right spot.

    @Nancy: it is good.

    @Marianne: it looks quite lifelike.

    @Grace: it really does

    @Furry Gnome: the park is well worth visiting.

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  8. In my mind it's always a question of artistic expression or historical accuracy. However, you do have many great shots of this statue.

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  9. An excellent sculpture, and I fully agree with the reasons for the current placement. The only problem I have is trying to pronounce the name ...

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  10. Great sculpture. I love the last photo!

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  11. Love the statue! Nice that they moved it.

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  12. Very nice statue, William, and I love the views in your photos.

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  13. A very respectable reason for the move; and a worthy piece on it's own in it's [yes] good placement, William

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  14. What a wonderful statue! It looks like it has a good location.

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  15. @Norma: placing it here gives it its own prominence.

    @Red: I think the sculptor did well.

    @Lowell: I would pronounce it slowly.

    @Tamago: thank you!

    @Cheryl: I doubt I ever photographed them together.

    @Linda: thanks!

    @Tex: it is!

    @Cloudia: and yet it can be easily missed.

    @Sharon: it was well placed.

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  16. A wonderful sculpture, William.

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  17. That looks like a good location for it!

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  18. I like the statues with arms, so much better than those ones without.

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  19. @Marleen: it is!

    @RedPat: indeed.

    @Whisk: me too.

    @Jan: thanks!

    @Janey: thank you.

    @Janis: that was the idea.

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  20. i enjoy learning about the Indian society/heritage. my hubby is part Cherokee. i always say he needs to get out there and find out all about his past and where he is from on that side of the family. ( ;

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  21. That statue would look great wherever it was.

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