Last week fellow blogger tkmorin posted about the origin of the name “Medicine Hat” which inspired me to share this postcard I received from the Hat. If you’ve ever wondered where the World’s Largest Tepee is located, wonder no more. It is in none other than the sunniest city in Canada: Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. It’s true or so goes the claims!
I’ve actually had the chance to visit the Tepee myself. A distinct part of Medicine Hat’s landscape, it is a unique and beautiful tribute to Canada’s heritage. I was in Medicine Hat for Canada Day and being able to celebrate any country’s national day (including your own) on unfamiliar grounds is always a treat. When those fireworks go off or the national anthem plays, you can’t help but feel the patriotism and binding sense of community, no matter what country you are in, or where you are from.
Here’s what Medicine Hat’s official website has to say about its tepee:
Originally constructed for the Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics, the Saamis Tepee is a tribute to Canada’s native heritage. Built entirely of steel with a concrete foundation, the tepee is ringed with 10 large circular story-boards depicting aspects of native culture and history. Below the Saamis Tepee in scenic Seven Persons coulee, lays one of the Northern Plains archaeological sites – the Saamis Archaeological Site. This self-guided walking tour will show you one of the foremost important archaeological sites of the Northern Plains. The area was once a buffalo camp and meat processing site. Experts believe over 83 million artifacts are buried at the site.
You can read tkmorin’s post and learn some fun facts about Canada on his blog Bite Size Canada here.