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Giorgio W. &
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Giorgio Pocaterra credits the lure of the "wild west" as his reason for coming to Canada, particularly the Kananaskis region in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

The Wild Wild West
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Giorgio Pocaterra, "the white man who is not afraid of anything",  describes his first encounter, and the life-long relationship he developed, with the natives.

First Contact
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The relationship between area ranchers and the Stoney Indians was not the same as had developed between George and the Stoneys. 

A Stoney Relationship
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George Pocaterra describes the honour bestowed upon him when he was riding in a pack train with the Stoney Indians. 

Leader of the Pack
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Mrs. Norma Pocaterra relates an incident of a "Wild West" nature which involved George, a colourful character known as "Arizona" Frank, and the town bully. 

"Arizona" Frank
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One evening before a performance in the days of Norma's opera career in Italy, a rather awkward situation developed.  Hear how the incident was ingenuously resolved!

No Room at the Opera
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Georgio Pocaterra has left a lasting legacy in the province of Alberta.  Norma Pocaterra relates how this came to be.

Pocaterra Namesakes
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