Attachted some impressions form québec city, a great city with great people. © n.g.
Located in the historic district of Vieux-Port / Québec City real quality is catching ones eyes: Guy Levesque runs his small studio with an attached showroom in the Sault-au-Matelot. There he creates handmade leather masks. We loved especially his self-designed model with which he reproduces the masks. Guy is a talented artist and he has taught to artists working for Cirque du Soleil how to mold leather and make mask with this particular technique. © B.G.
OnedayOnephoto is a facebook group that was created by the german photographer Frank Lange ( friend of ours) about six years ago and now it has about 820 members.
Frank had told me to contact the Canadian photographer Marc Bergeron, who lives in quebec city, and that he could certainly recommend some places to go. Marc got my “facebook friend” and we met him in his city – wow, I hadn´t in mind that real friendship could grow in such a short time out of a facebook-„friend“.
But one after the other: Marc Bergeron studied photography and worked then, because the possibility revealed, as a military-photographer. He had to document several wars with his camerea, lost many of his comrades, got wounded and his traumatic experiences don´t let him go. Now he is retired and seven years ago he had married for the first time in his life.
His wife France is a charming, endearing Québecois. Previously, as he told, he was not in a position to start a family because of his many worldwide inserts.
Marc Bergeron is an active member at OnedayOnephoto. He had shown us the city of québec , hosted us wonderfully at his home and introduced us to his friends. I dedicate this blog contribution to him and Frances selfless, incredible hospitality and here i show some pictures of a trip with friends on his boat.
Encounters with other people make a journey interesting; encounters with friends like Marc Bergeron enrich it indefinitely.
Thanks France, thanks Marc, thanks to all your friends, who had given us a great time in québec city. © n.g.
designer and interior designers take note: carrefour de tilly in saint antoine could be your new mecca. Our friend marc bergeron selected the pub by chance, simply because we were hungry. while we tasted the specialities outsideon the sunny terrace inside that dark pub an illustrious group of people had a celebration with a one-man combo. A feast fort eyes and ears, authentic as it gets. © n.g.
After several days of rain the landscape glitters in the sun again and the countryside of Québec has a lot to offer. The province is four times as large as Germany and 6.4 million people live here, especially the north is almost deserted. I had written about the somewhat crude charm of some people from Québec So there are of course also many nice, friendly and helpful guys and I will introduce just a few of them here. thank´s very much to everybody!
Mr. Fronçois form the information center of baie saint paul liked our car and a bit later we hosted him as a guest and i provided us with several very interesting information. One of those was chantal wapukuan, she is a memer oft he „teueikan“ he so called „first nation poeple“ sho got the french given name from her grand mother, she was keen on the chic of paris and and otherwise we would have not recognized her as an Indian woman, especially since she first came to meet us in western dresses.
until the 1980ies the canadian authorities had tried everything to suppress the culture and language of the natives and chantal also discovered late that she knew as good as nothing about their cultural roots. Even the language was foreign to her, her “mother tongue” was french for a long time.
I had in mind that we get offered a folkloric show, but I was wrong. So pure and personally I had never delved into a nascent into a disappearing culture – Chantal explained not only objects of daily demand but also how and from what they have been prepared and in addition, she showed us many plants used for medical purposes and rites of their people. You should experience this fascinating and earthy culture at chantal´s and her husband´s place. The two also offer accommodation service in their tipis with nightly campfire.
Sure I can not play all the stories, so here only two details that have me particularly intrigued. Chantal showed us various animal skins and the difference between industrially tanned skins of those who were treated in traditional Indian fashion. The Indian variant was much, much softer and even breathable. And how it was produced? With a lot of water and the brains of moose and bears. Nothing for olfactory sensitive noses but the result is amazing.
In earlier times, the women and men of the teueikan were naked in the summer months and they put their wigwams at the river shores for fishing. In the winter months they moved to the game-rich forests and used different clothing parts against the fierce cold. Despite all revival thoughts it seems that the jesuit moral which was forced on them is obviously not reversible. Too bad …… © n.g.
chantal wapukuan 18 léo-cauchon baie-saint-paul (québec) canada G3Z1H4 firstname.lastname@example.org