Sunday, July 17, 2011

When Brulé dipped his paddle into history

Toronto Star article July 17, 2011

Today an article by Patrice Dutil, associate professor of politics and public administration at Ryerson University and president of the Champlain Society, which works to increase public awareness of Canada’s rich store of historical records.

It is interesting that Dutil calls this year the 400th anniversary, I suppose marking it from Etienne talking to Samuel de Champlain back in Quebec. Our chapter marked the 400th based on the date when Brulé came to Huronia, thus 2010. But any effort to mark the importance of this Canadian is absolutely worthwhile.

Orillia press coverage of Fall 2010 Brulé welcome

blog post with photos of Brulé welcome

At any rate, his contention that Brulé is underappreciated and relatively unknown yet is a pivotal figure in Canadian History sadly cannot be disputed.

The article leads with the CW Jeffreys drawing of EB, one known to school children of a certain age.

I think it might be an idea to approach the local arts groups in Midland and Orillia and suggest that their artists might like to take a cradk at imagining in paintings EB (Brulé) and Sam the man (Samuel de Champlain).

A google search for images of these two giants retrievves relatively few images.

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