snap august 2009: Winnipeg Beach’s Whispering GiantAugust 11, 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.