Drive in the Country #6
Lebret). E. Pauline Johnson, the half-Mohawk poet, whose "work was well received by critics and was popular with the public during her lifetime, but faded into obscurity after her death," and who made speaking tours of Canada, the United States, and England between 1892 and 1909, learned of the legend and elaborated upon it with Victorian sentiment. In her version, a young Cree swain heard his name while crossing one of the lakes and replied, "Who calls?" Only his echo could be heard (hence Echo Lake), and he realized it had been his bride-to-be calling out his name at the instant of her death. (from Wikipedia)
E. Pauline Johnson's poetry taught me the meaning of onamatapoeia! That is the talent of using words that sound like what you are describing, such as water lapping on a shore.
The folksinger and activist Buffy Saint-Marie was born on the Piapot Cree Reserve in the Qu'Appelle Valley. One of her songs is entitled "Qu'appelle Valley, Saskatchewan". One of her best known songs is Univeral Soldier.
There is another little history lesson.
All too soon it was time to drive home to Swift Current. The day was lovely. Driving through the farmland, it was so nice to see that most of the crops have been harvested. Dust hung in the air as trucks travelled down gravelled roads and combines were in the fields. Hundreds of birds were flocking and readying for their long journey south.