The annual sacrifice to Manitou at Niagara Falls

Founded on traditions among the Iroquois or six nations

Within sound of the thundering cataract's roar once worshipped the roaming sons of the forest in all their primitive freedom. They recognized in its thunder the voice, in its mad waves the wrath, and in its crashing whirlpool the Omnipotence of the Great Spirit--the Manitou of their simple creed.

Also in the rising mist, the flight of the soul, and in the beautiful bow--the brilliant path followed by the spirits of good Indians to their Happy Hunting Ground.



My preface will be a few citations from reliable authorities to introduce to my readers the people of whom I write:

Birch bark legends of Niagara founded on traditions among the Iroquois or Six nations

The Birch Bark Legends of Niagara subtitled as the 'The origin of the wolf totem' or 'A story of the lunar-bow (which brilliantly adorns Niagara Falls by moonlight)' was written by Owahyah towards the end of the 19th century. It is a collection of Six Nations tales.

It was "Dedicated to the memory of Joinstaga, from whom many legends of the almost forgotten past were obtained by the author Owahyah"

2007 Niagara wine harvest best Niagara vintage ever?

Monique Beech, The Standard's wine and viticulture reporter, reports in her Friday Niagara Wine column that "winemakers, grape growers and industry experts" are "praising the 2007 harvest as the best in recent memory". The very dry Summer means as expected yields are down with 43,000 rather than the normal 50,000 tons of grapes being harvested. The fry weather was a problem for young vines and meant that the roots had to dig deeper so the grapes are smaller but also sweeter. The dry autumn prevented the problems of last years wet Autumn.

Niagara Casino donations to charity - should gambling proceeds be accepted

I see the Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara are giving 120 thousand dollars to charity. Well 'charity' in some cases, 1/3 of that money is going to the New Year’s Eve concert at Queen Victoria Park so I guess they are expecting to get a big chunk of that back in terms of extra revenue from those attracted to Niagara for the event. Maybe thats also true of the small donation to the Santa Claus parade.

But what about the two thousand dollars for the Royal Canadian Legion’s poppy campaign? What I'm not sure about is whether this money should be accepted?

Niagara river being cleaned of toxic pollution

Some good news for a change. It's the 20th anniversary of the Niagara River Declaration Intent which became the Niagara River Toxics Management Plan.
Don Zelazny of the US Department of Environmental Conservation in quoted in the Niagara Cazette as claiming that " Of the 26 sites on the U.S. side which were found in 1987 to need cleanup, 21 have been completed"

Niagara Falls from the air

There are some good youtube videos showing Niagara Falls from the air.

NL Council opens negotiations with Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours on Niagara river

The Niagara-On-The-Lake council has accepted a report which recommends negotations with Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours for continued use of the Melville Street dock for its popular JetBoat rides on the Niagara river. Local residents particularly those with water front property had objected to the Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours because of the noise created by participants when the boats hit the rapids on the Niagara river below Niagara Falls.

Six women arrested for prostitution at Private Eyes strip club

Grant LaFleche had a story over at the Standard about a Niagara Regional Police raid on the Private Eyes strip club in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Two of the women he says have links with the Bo-Gar gang from Quebec.

The press release from the 'Guns and Gangs enforcement unit' of the NRP says

Going over Niagara Falls

Bobby Leach with the barrel in which went over Niagara Falls in 1911

The first person known to have deliberately gone over Niagara Falls and survived was Sam Patch. Sam was a textile mill worker from Rhode Island who had built a career out of jumping off bridges, ship masts and yes waterfalls. In 1827 he had jumped the 70 foot off Passaic Falls, New Jersey.

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