Richard Kroeker


Kinnistin Pow Wow Arbour

Kinnistin, Saskatchewan

This project was developed and built in collaboration with the Saulteaux community of Kinnistin Saskatchewan. It was designed to be built quickly and cheaply, the structural principal was inspired by the way skins are stretched over the head of a traditional drum. Pow wows take place in the heat of the summer in open spaces, and the stretched cables support nets which create perimeter shade. The nets can be lowered and covered with shading tree branches, as used in traditional pow wow arbours. This project was designed and built in collaboration with Brad Pickard and built with the involvement of students of Dalhousie University as well as the community of Kinnistin.