Windsor Printmakers Forum’s Sense of Place exhibit continues its world tour with a stop in the Yukon Territory, land of gold rushes, calls of the wild, and the poetry of Robert Service, who in “The Cremation of Sam McGee” famously transposed a couple of Lake Laberge’s vowels for the sake of a particularly pleasing internal rhyme.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the original Sense of Place crew of Alistair MacLeod, IAIN BAXTER&, and Nino Ricci will be hooking up with renowned multidisciplinary artist Rebecca Belmore for the Artists & Storytellers Colloquium. Come join the fun, on Thursday, September 9th, 2010 at 6:00 PM, at the Yukon Arts Centre, 300 College Drive, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. On September 11th, the colloquium moves on to the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre in Dawson City.
There are strange things done
in the midnight sun,
by the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
I cremated Sam McGee.
— from “The Cremation of Sam McGee”