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Historical Landscaping

October 12, 2015

I’m in the Okanagan right now for Canadian the only true Thanksgiving. The family visit was pretty standard, and included a drive to see landmarks that may or may not be relevant to my book. It also included the opportunity for some nice landscape shots, so let’s get those out of the way first.

IMG_7502IMG_7505The story goes that the Secwepemc were invading Sylix territory when most of the Sylix were out of the village. The chief’s daughter had stayed behind, however, and when she saw what was happening, she jumped on her horse and rode out to warn her people. Then she led the Secwempemc warriors along a ridge and up onto a rock bluff, where the Sylix ambushed them and drove them off the cliff to their death.

Dad and I are pretty sure this is the bluff.

IMG_7504Here’s a close-up. If you squint, you can see the chief, the daughter, and the horse, as well as the path she took, all outlined in the cracks of the rock.

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Alternatively, this story is more a description of the landscape and a travel route than it is about actual events. Or perhaps it’s both. I prefer the ambiguity, myself.

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