The World's Largest Teepee
Creating a Medicine Hat monument that reflects area history
After being moved to Medicine Hat, erection and assembly of the major structural elements began October 20, 1991, and was completed in less than one week. It has a foundation weight of 800 metric tons, and the dead load of the structure is 200 metric tons. The main masts of the Tepee measure 215 feet (equivalent to a 20 story building) and the diameter of the Tepee is 160 feet. There are 960 bolts holding the Tepee together.
The Saamis Tepee, Medicine Hat, Alberta
Teepee originally built for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta
The Day The Medicine Man Lost His Hat
Many colourful Canadian cities have inherited their names from Indian words and legends, and the name Medicine Hat is no exception.
Many years ago there was a battle between the Cree and Blackfoot on the bank of a southern Alberta river. The Cree fought valiantly until their medicine man deserted them, losing his headdress in mid-stream as he fled to the safety of the opposite shore.
Believing this to be a bad omen, the Cree put down their weapons and were massacred by the Blackfoot. The site of this tragedy was called "SAAMIS", an Indian word, meaning "medicine man’s hat."
Years later, in 1882, when the Royal Northwest Mounted Police and the C.P.R. roadbuilders settled in the area, the Indian name was translated and shortened to Medicine Hat.
A good chief gives, he does not take. - Mohawk Proverb
We can get all the Indians we need at the reservoir. - Samuel Goldwyn
I'm Irish and Cherokee Indian. I can't faint. - Lynn Collins
You can't have all chiefs; you gotta have Indians too. - American Proverb
Native ability without education is like a tree without fruit. - Aristippus
Lisa, vampires are make-believe, like elves, gremlins, and Eskimos. - Homer Simpson
Vegetarian: an old Indian word for "doesn't hunt well." - Paul Harvey
Yancy is actually a Native-American name, but I'm Irish. Go figure. - Yancy Butler
Are you Indian or Pakistani? I can never tell the difference between you chaps. - Prince Philip
My tent doesn't look like much but it is air-conditioned and has exceptional location. - Fennel Hudson
When my friends and I played cowboys and Indians, I was always the Chinese railroad worker. - Robin Williams
That's what Columbus said to the Indians just before he gypped 'em out of Manhattan. - Archie Bunker
Few Indians only had breech cloths, most being wrapped in buffalo robes, otherwise quite naked. - Zebulon Pike
Indian people, we are proud of our cheapness. You are never gonna insult us by calling us cheap. - Russell Peters
Diatribe: 1. An extinct race; 2. The group of native Brits that worship the late Princess Diana. - Daffynitions joe-ks.com
As a child, I was subjected to a lot of spaghetti Westerns and hated them. I wanted the Indians to win. - Kara Walker
We took pictures of the native girls, but they weren't developed.
But we're going back next week. - Groucho Marx
Indians are so dedicated to being so cheap for so long, that Indian people actually created the number zero. - Russell Peters
The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love. - Margaret Atwood
They're picking bananas in Brazil and them Indians down there, they don't care about what you look like. - Archie Bunker
Economies of scale are a good thing. If we didn't have them, we'd still be living in tents and eating buffalo. - Jamie Dimon
I have never had to face anything that could overwhelm the native optimism and stubborn perseverance I was blessed with. - Sonia Sotomayor
Indians are the second largest population in the world, but we're invisible on TV - everything is either black or white. - Russell Peters
If Aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans. - Stephen Hawking
Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the Government take care of him, better take a closer look at the American Indian. - Henry Ford