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Despite the dissolution of close to forty villages and the growth of towns, village life was much as it had been in the 1870's. No organized sports activities existed within the villages and though bicycle riding was becoming increasingly popular, recreation was more apt to consist of swimming in a creek or waterhole, hunting gophers, or skating on frozen ponds in winter.

Among the older villagers visiting was still a popular pastime on holidays, Sundays and in the evenings. Faspa, a time for coffee and a light snack on mid-afternoon workdays, served a different function on Sundays and holidays. It became a time for socializing, for relaxation and for sharing food and drink with neighbours, friends and relatives. 87

Most social activities, however, still revolved around the church and organized community events. Engagements and weddings were cause for social gatherings and among some groups, dances. Funerals were no less of a social event. Detailed invitations to village funerals clearly delineated not only the social standing of the bereaved family, but also that of the invited guests. 88

Hunting on Buffalo Creek around the turn of the century. Goose and duck hunting were popular in the area, though bigger game such as cows, sheep or pelicans were also hit.

Credit: D. K. Friesen