Saamis Tepee Where is it from and how did it get to Medicine Hat? The Tepee was originally built for the 1988Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. After being moved to Medicine Hat, assembly of themajor structural elements of the Saamis Tepee began October 20th, 1991 and was completed in less than one week. The Saamis Tepee has a foundation weight of 800metric tons and the dead load of the structure is 200metric tons. Themainmasts of the Tepeemeasure 215 feet (equivalent to a 20 story building!) and the diameter of the Tepee is 160 feet. There are 960 bolts holding the Tepee together. The Storyboards Within the circle of the Tepee, ten illus- trated storyboards are visible. These boards were all hand-painted and represent a variety of influences and history of First Nations heritage.
Most of the tools shown are still primi- tive andmost of the activities and skills shown are traditional and time-honoured. Around the bottomhalf of the border are traditional outfits. The top half of the border shows some of the animals that my ancestors shared the land with and used for food,clothing and shelter. Tobacco was used inmany ceremonies and rituals Plains Cree Ceremonies
The blue circle, where Eagle Birth and his woman are drawn in is our world and the little blue circle is themerman world. The green half of the picture is the colour of deep water. The yellow depicts the bright- ness of our own world. The Eagle feathers are the truths by which every man lives.
The Blackfoot Confederacy Interpretation and Painting by Henry Standingalone This scene depicts the things that
Interpretation and Painting by Robert Anderson This painting represents some of themany ceremonies
are important to Blackfoot people yester- day and today. The sun was worshiped for its life-giving source to the Blackfoot peo- ple. The buffalo skull represents the Power and Spirit of the traditional food source and the painted symbols on it represent: Sun in the center, pairs of Sun Dogs on each side, Crescent Moon above, Morning Star below, and Hail Stones, or Thunder, all around. The tepee represents the main household that was originally made frombuffalo hides, The Seven Moons is a representation of the Legend of the Dipper and all the legends that have been passed down from generation to generation. Plains CreeWay of Life Interpretation and Painting by Nona Foster
in our Cree culture. The tour ribbons are representative of the four directions. The sweet lodge can be used to ask for guidance from the spirit powers, for a time of prayer, or as part of a ritualistic cleans- ing prior to any ceremony such as the Sundance. In Cree culture, the peace pipe plays a very important role. A pipe is lit to call upon the spirit powers. The smoking of the peace pipe also symbolizes peace and friendship. The stone border has engraved Cree symbolic lettering, which says “Plains Cree Ceremonies.” The rock is strong and by having the title engraved in it shows that the strength of our culture will never be destroyed and is permanent in its ways.
The Legend: HowMedicine Hat Got its Name Interpretation and Painting by Joseph Hind Bull
The scene depicts the sad- ness that overcomes Eagle Birth and his new bride for the sacrifice of a fel- low human to themerman. Themer- man is excited over his newmeal. The Tepee is the gift the otter man has giv- en Eagle Birth to use on his Tepee design.
In the center of this design is a late fall or early winter camp-
site, The trees are bare and it has snowed, the people are going about their business and preparing for colder days to come.