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snap august 2009: Winnipeg Beach’s Whispering Giant

August 11, 2009

Anishnaabe, Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba, photographed by Johnny Cash Jr., August 2009

Anishnaabe, Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba, photographed by Johnny Cash Jr., August 2009

Back in the day, Winnipeg Beach was a helluva spot. Mother still gets misty about the roller rink and the band stand. I remember the pharmacy on the main drag that smelled of comic books. In the here and now, the provincial park that anchors that main drag is home to a Whispering Giant, a totem carved by Peter “Wolf” Toth. A plaque says what started out as a “6-foot-thick, 30-foot cedar log from Cambell River, British Columbia now stands as a symbol of brotherhood in Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba.” Started on July 1, 1991 and finished Sept. 1 the same year, it is called Anishnaabe (Distinct Society), the 67th in a series of Whispering Giants that Toth has carved around North America, “made to remind people of the contribution of the Indians of this country”.

Johnny Cash Jr. is a photographer living in Montreal under an assumed name. He  took this photo during a recent trip home.

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