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of Two Valleys

Tales of Two Valleys


Curving in an arc approximately forty kilometres north and east of Regina, Saskatchewan, the Qu’Appelle Valley was formed by the retreat of vast glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age.


Tales of Two Valleys has five sections

Pageants and Portraits

Investigates the myth and reality behind Qu’Appelle legends.

Treaty Four

Takes an in depth look at this important historical document.

Who’s Calling?

Explores tourism and ecology in the Qu’Appelle Valley.

Spirits of Qu’Appelle

Takes you on a spiritual and supernatural tour of the Qu’Appelle Valley.

Land and Landscape

Envisions the Qu’Appelle Valley from the perspective of artists.

They left behind a watercourse framed by deep, verdant slopes and wooded coulees, creating picturesque vistas of hills, river, and lakes in startling contrast to the windswept landscape of the plains. For many generations of its inhabitants—Native and, later, European—the Qu’Appelle offered a vision of the earthly paradise. The romanticised valley became familiar to many Canadians in the 19th century through Pauline Johnson’s poem The Legend of the Qu’Appelle. In reality, the valley was a turbulent and contested location. Native tribes had been displaced by the signing of Treaty Four and troops brought in to crush the North-West Rebellion mingled with settlers arriving on the newly completed railways.

Qu’Appelle: Tales of Two Valleys examines the Qu’Appelle Valley as a geographic, artistic, social, and cultural site. The exhibition title refers to two valleys: a metaphor for the way First Nations and colonists, both past and present, constructed and experienced nature, spirituality, and culture through the physical reality of the Qu’Appelle.


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