Six-mile Coulee, Lethbridge
An after-work walk in the coulees, down to the river and south, a climb up for the view, and returning along the six-mile coulee creek. The valley is gradually greening, and wildflowers are blooming close to the ground. Buffalo beans, prairie smoke, prairie crocus, and bigger plants where there is more moisture - golden current, wolf willow, buffaloberries, Saskatoon bushes. Us walkers are outnumbered by the runners and mountain bikers on the trails, but I think we see more.
Location: Six-mile Coulee to the Oldman River, Lethbridge, Alberta
Length: 7 km
Date: 12 May, 2021
Cemetery Circumference, Lethbridge
First Friday walk - we took the trail known as the Boneyard Link along the coulee edge around the cemetery as the sun was going down, and wondered why we don't do this every evening.
Location: Around Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge, Alberta
Length: 4 km
Date: 7 May, 2021
First Friday walks - a project by Walking the Land arts collective.
“The potential of an activist art practice that raises consciousness about land, history, culture, and place and is a catalyst for social change cannot be underestimated, even though this promise has yet to be fulfilled. Artists can make the connections visible. They can guide us through sensuous, kinaesthetic responses to topography, lead us from archaeology and land based social history into alternative relationships with place. They can expose the social agendas that have formed the land, bring out multiple readings of places that mean different things to different people at different times.”
Lucy Lippard, 1997, The Lure of the Local: Sense of Place in a Multicentered Society.
Sandra Cowan likes to walk on trails, paths, and city streets. She is based in southern Alberta, Canada, as a visitor in the land of the Siksikaitsitapi (Blackfoot Confederacy).