Vincent Van Gogh seemed to get it right for Halloween – what an amazing oil painting … it’s in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam – a place I must visit sometime.
|Skull of a Skeleton with cigarette|
by Vincent Van Gogh (c 1885/6)
(This is today’s featured picture in Wikipedia – so appropriate, I couldn’t resist putting it in).
Jenny (Hobhouse Balme) has recently visited Haida Gwaii and saw how the Haida peoples revered their chieftain dead … she had watched a ceremony on the raising of a mortuary pole earlier this year.
|Mortuary poles late 1800s|
c/o Cruising with Raven Song
Cruisingwith Raven Song gives a pretty good idea of their rituals, with an explanation and some more photos. I was fascinated to learn about these indigenous peoples.
|Hecate Strait separating the islands|
from the Canadian mainland.
(Cape Scott is on the tip of
Haida Gwaii means literally “Islands of the Haida People” – formerly known as Queen Charlotte Islands … approximately half the population is of the Haida people. It is an archipelago, north of the northwestern tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
The Queen Charlotte (1744 – 1818) mentioned here was the wife of King George III … hence the islands’ naming.
I’m back from my Devon, Cornwall and Somerset sojourn with Jenny, and on Monday Stephen Tremp is coming over to my blog re his new book Salem’s Daughters … so please look in …
... but on my travels we went to St Ive Church, near Liskeard, Cornwall – which was Emily Hobhouse’s father’s Church – he was rector for over 50 years!
We had tea in the Church and talked to some amazing village residents, who knew of people, who had actually known Emily … so Jenny was fascinated to find out more.
|What was the mortuary block for St Ive Church, Liskeard|
Well the tea went through … and guess where the cloakroom is situated … yes, in the mortuary building … no longer in use, I’m pleased to say! It’s an interesting, yet very satisfactory for me, change of use!
Happy NaNoWriMo … may you all successfully complete your goals … I’ll be across to your blogs as soon as ….
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