Ti-jurabi-chubi - Sibbald Creek - Hiking Alberta

 

Scattered in remnants, the skeletons stand testament to past ceremonies.

 

 

Near the end of the Sibbald Lake on Sibbald Flat, across the field from Stop 9 on the Sibbald Flat Trail, reside skeletons of structures created predominantly from poplar and willow branches.  This is the site of The Sun Dance Ceremony which took place here in June of 1984.  A faint trail approaches the interesting apparition in the grassland and there is entry at the historical plaque placed here to explain and commemorate the spiritual ceremony.

 

Ti - jurabi - chubi - The Sun Dance - Sibbald Creek, Alberta, Canada The entrance plaque on Sibbald Flat

 

Ti - jurabi - chubi - The Sun Dance - Sibbald Creek, Alberta, Canada An enlargement of the entrance plaque on Sibbald Flat

 

 

An excellent article on Sibbald Flat may be accessible at a page called Speechless. The narrative is very informative and revealing from a unique and individual perspective.

 

Ti - jurabi - chubi - The Sun Dance - Sibbald Creek, Alberta, Canada A shelter in ruin, largely reclaimed by nature

 

 

The faint trail, through grass, passes a structure that has collapsed.  A short distance further, the remnants of the Sweat Lodge and another shelter still remain remarkably intact after 27 years. 

In spite of open exposure to the elements and a rugged winter, they have not changed a lot since my hike here last year to Deer Ridge and Eagle Hill.

 

Ti - jurabi - chubi - The Sun Dance - Sibbald Creek, Alberta, Canada Approaching the main building - the Sweat Lodge

 

Ti - jurabi - chubi - The Sun Dance - Sibbald Creek, Alberta, Canada View towards the main entrance to the sweat lodge

 

A circuitous route is taken around the Sweat Lodge for photographs of the structure remaining stubbornly intact.  This is a spiritual place to the Nakoda-Stoney people and respect for this special location is intuitive.  Colorful cloth on the branches is reminiscent of Tibetan prayer flags.

 

Ti - jurabi - chubi - The Sun Dance - Sibbald Creek, Alberta, Canada The main entrance of the 1984 Sun Dance Ceremony Sweat Lodge

 

Ti - jurabi - chubi - The Sun Dance - Sibbald Creek, Alberta, Canada View passing around the right side of the Sweat Lodge

 

Ti - jurabi - chubi - The Sun Dance - Sibbald Creek, Alberta, Canada Colorful banner adorn the structure like prayer flags

 

Ti - jurabi - chubi - The Sun Dance - Sibbald Creek, Alberta, Canada View from the alternate entrance/exit

 

Ti - jurabi - chubi - The Sun Dance - Sibbald Creek, Alberta, Canada Closer view of intricate construction from the back of the Sweat Lodge

 

An additional structure hosts a present day fire pit and arches of willow branches clearly define its original purpose.

 

Ti - jurabi - chubi - The Sun Dance - Sibbald Creek, Alberta, Canada The second remaining structure made from arched willow branches

 

Ti - jurabi - chubi - The Sun Dance - Sibbald Creek, Alberta, Canada A view of the Sun Dance structure with the hill hosting Sibbald Flat Trail in the background

 

The site, on this warm, sunny day is a reminder of the spiritual bond each of us is entitled to experience and enjoy.  Even this brief visit conjures up images of the celebration hosted here in the summer of 1984.  The experience enlightening and with reluctance, the day continues with the return home to Calgary, Alberta, Canada

At any religious site nothing must be left beyond footprints and all that may be taken away are photographic memories to ponder, remember and share.

Modern society has a lot to learn about the importance of a relationship with nature.

 

 

 

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Sibbald Lake is a very pleasant place to spend a day. There is a large camping area there and a variety of easy trails that families can enjoy. I am hoping to learn more about the Sun Dance Ceremony from a Stoney Nation person. Thanks for staying in touch, Laurel. It is always good to hear from you. You have been so helpful and your suggestions are a permanent fixture on my desk.

Interesting, I haven't heard of this place, but have only been to Sibbald a couple of times despite it being so close to Calgary.

Thank you for your comment, June. Your blog is coming along nicely and I am going to find time over the summer to enjoy some of those excellent and healthy smoothies. I encourage all the people I meet, who actually touch cooking utensils, to reference your site. For me it will be a bit of a stretch but I will get it done.

Once again, you have posted wonderful, telling images. Great work, as always. Keep on hiking :-)

Thank you, Caitlin. I appreciate your links and your post on Mindful Meditation was very interesting. This spiritual site on Sibbald Flat is easy to access and is worthy of a visit while it still exists. Sibbald Pond is close by and a very beautiful place. Every season the pond is quite unique. For me, sping and fall are the best with vibrant colours enhancing the experience. This is particularly spectacular in early and late day sun.

Thank you for your comment, Ruby. If you happen to be in the Sibbald Creek area, the location of this ceremonial site is an easy, gentle walk from parking at Sibbald Lake. Just walk around the bottom of the hill on the Deer Ridge - Eagle Hill Trail for a short distance to the little foot bridge across the creek. The 1984 Lodge is in the open field near Sibbald Pond which is a beautiful place to rest and relax. You need to watch where you are stepping.

Wow!!! Totally Enjoy your site!!

Very cool...thanks for sharing this!

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