Sunday, September 6, 2009
This teepee sits on the ground by the lakeshore, right where the cruise ship comes in every other week. It's there to greet the tourists who are supposedly coming here to save our local economy. It's a nice white teepee. Sometimes a few Anishnawbek folks dress up in their regalia to meet the nice white tourists, so I heard. Is that a paid gig? I asked.
The white teepee is behind a long new chain link fence that closes off the old Pool 6 area and the old docking area that is now used for the cruiseship. The chain link fence closes off the entire Pool 6 area, which I have showed you before. As you can see, there is video surveillance to monitor the area. The white teepee plus chain link fence plus video surveillance are part of the new waterfront "development." Why does development often mean closing off entire areas and restricting access only to those people who pay? I guess the Anishnawbek folks who hang around the creek and waterfront sniffing and bagging hairspray and drinking mouthwash are definitely not "the Indians" we want the white tourists to see when they arrive in town.