I like my truck. So like there’s some automotive content.

I encountered an exciting-seeming road the other day, but I had an ice cream cake in my passenger seat and didn’t want to get too far out of the way before it went into the freezer, so I went back today. But just when the road was starting to get really interesting I came around a corner and encountered this:

I think I could’ve got around it but violating road closures in a national park is a great way for me to lose my job. Signage indicated the area’s probably opening up in a few weeks so I’ll have to come back.

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But on the way back I stopped at a historic site where I encountered another case of the mind-boggling things that often go into heritage conservation.

This building has recently had its roof replaced in order to preserve its state of being as a falling-down building.

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It’s one of the better preserved (or less unpreserved) buildings remaining on one of the many Métis homesteads that were expropriated when the land was turned into a national park. It’s a fairly unique style of log construction that was common in the area during that period, where the square-hewn logs were joined together by a pretty cool dovetailing technique, without the use of fasteners.

Some might question the value in having gone to the expense of reconstructing the roof with period materials and techniques, but in my mind it’s important to hang onto examples of cultural heritage like this. It’s definitely a good thing to be able to acknowledge where we’ve come from as a society, even if in some ways it reveals a darker part of our history. I don’t know how the Moberly family was treated in the removal from their home, but in many cases in the establishment of national parks it wasn’t always gentle, and the Métis in general were an often horribly mistreated group of people, shunned by the native Americans because they weren’t native Americans, and shunned by the European settlers because they weren’t European. But yet they played a huge part in the history of western Canada, and represent a coming-together of many different cultures and languages, with lots of unique elements appearing as a result.

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And also that log-joining technique is friggen genius in its simplicity and efficiency of materials. I love it.