Summer in the Valley

Ok. I did a sneaky thing here. You remember how in the very first comic, I mentioned that Little Pine First Nation is my reserve. That is entirely true. It says so on my Indian Status card, and that’s where I usually go for special occasions.

However, it is not the reserve that I am at in this comic. Little Pine is my grandfather’s reserve. Cowessess First Nation, where I spent my summers, is my grandmothers reserve. And my great grandmother’s reserve. In fact, that’s my great grandmother there, in the last panel. I was lucky enough to know her growing up, and I have tons and tons of wonderful memories of going to her house in the summertime. It was always filled with family – cousins, aunties and uncles, and various relations too many times removed for five-year old me to be able to keep straight in my mind. (When in doubt, I called everyone cousin)

The City of Broadview, which is nearby, has a great intro to the reserve and the area around it!

News: Posted February 6th, 2009 by Alina

^ 3 Comments to “Summer in the Valley”

  1. soilent Says:

    > When in doubt, I called everyone cousin

    If you think about it, that sounds pretty Redneck.
    Then again… I have an Aunt thats 8~9 Years younger than me. How does that sound? @.@

    Posted February 6th, 2009 at 10:31 am
  2. Melvar Says:

    My own family is very clear in this regard, very simple. However, about half of our church members are related or related by marriage somehow, centered around two prominent families. Then there are apparently relatives of these people all over the place, related/married to any number of other people whom people I know know for completely unrelated reasons. Anyway, somebody commented that a particular position was staying in the family, or something like that, and it turned out there *was* a connection over about two dozen people, with half a dozen marriages in between, that nobody could possibly see without thinking long and hard. It simply amazes me.

    Posted February 6th, 2009 at 4:48 pm
  3. Ecaja Says:

    Like your grandparents had a very late child.. or your parents have a very early one.

    Anyway… i kind of envy you Alina. Then again, thinking about it, i spend my fair share in the woods near the river as well. And i never been a family person, tho i have known my grand grandma as well, she died when i was 14 or 15 – and i really loved her.

    Posted February 6th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

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