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The first part of this oral history record consists of two speeches given by
Mr. Giorgio Pocaterra to the Glenbow Historical Society and to the Calgary Kiwanis Club, spanning a period from 1904 to approximately 1940. They were recorded in
1963 and 1965.
The second part also consists of two sections. In the first,
Pocaterra describes the life of her husband, Giorgio, in the period between 1882 and 1950; in the second, the interviewer asks about her own career in opera. The interview was conducted by C. Grelli
for the Dante Alighieri Oral History Project in 1973.
Mr. Giorgio W. Pocaterra
- came to Alberta via Manitoba
- SW Alberta - ranching country; foothills, Rockies
- relationship with Stoney Indians; learned their
language; translated from Stoney "this white man is
not afraid of anything".
- describes travels in mountains/foothills/Kananaskis
- encounter with a lioness & cubs
- describes weather conditions, packhorses, ranch, cold
- detailed life of Stoney - spent 6 weeks to several
months/year with original nomad hunters of North
America; making of pemmican, etc.; family life; became
blood-brother of native family; commendable customs eg.
Sharing of successful hunt with everyone, no corporal
punishment to children
- starts with beginning in Italy. Northern Italy to Bern to
- his studies in Europe were to prepare him for taking
a high position in his family's textile business
- after reading literature re: Canada, he had other
- desire to be a pioneer & settle where no one had
- came to Canada (Winnipeg, Manitoba), a strange
country on a cold day with $3.75 in pocket; determined
- moved to High River area of Alberta; ranching,
- colorful, entertaining story about friend,
"Arizona Frank"; barroom incident (could make
a Western out of these stories)
- start of "Buffalo Head Ranch"
- return to Italy (Milan) to settle estate after
- married Canadian (Calgary) opera singer who was
studying in Europe
- return to Canada to set up new home at Ghost River
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