Doors into casino at Casino Rama, Rama, Ontario
My husband and I were on our way north to see colourful autumn foliage when we decided to take a short side trip to check out the achitecture of this casino outside Orillia on the shores of Lake Couchiching. Casino Rama is a hotel, casino and entertainment complex located 90 minutes north of Toronto on the Chippewas of Rama First Nation reserve.
According to the architects, one challenge in designing the building was to incorporate aspects of the Chippewa culture. To the left of the tipi-like structure is a rectangular building (which you cannot see) clad with metal panels featuring a 1,500- x 40-foot mural of aboriginal artwork.
Selected motifs from a small section of the art wall on the outside of the building
Here's a sample of what's included in the mural. In the largest square of this mosaic, you see a tree containing many motifs important to the people living on the Chippewas of Rama First Nations Reserve. The remaining squares show five of the motifs more clearly.
Panels featuring a flock of geese
Sorry about the wooden barrier in front of the geese. I suspect they are there to protect the mural.
More panels, these featuring deer and (I think) a wolf or coyote
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