Olympics Start Tonight

February 12, 2010

Living in Seattle we are close to the anticipation that Vancouver, B.C. has had for the upcoming Olympics. The Pacific N.W. is not usually a big destination for large crowds like what the Olympics would draw so everyone is wondering just how much of all the hubub we’ll see.

I’m sure it will be good.  Vancouver is one of my favorite cities.

The MOA attractions passport.

We’ve spent a lot of up there and know the city pretty well.  I hope people know about the University of British Columbia’s Anthropology Museum (affectionately known as MOA),  just West of downtown Vancouver.  It’s one of the coolest places on the planet.  Walking into the beginning displays of the museum takes you through canoes, boats, totem poles, longhouse entry ways, and huge carved wood ceremonial bowls.  I could use one as a bed.

They have displays of things from all indigenous peoples all over the world.  There are drawers and drawers of tightly woven baskets, personal items, clothing, carvings, and more besides the glass display cases full of different tribes hats, oars, boats and more.

Huge wood carved sculpture, "The Raven and the First Men', by Bill Reid, Haida artist.

And don’t forget to see the amazing wood carved ‘The Raven and the First Men’ by Bill Reid.

Hopefully they have enough snow up there on Grouse Mountain.


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