Not only was this the water source for the village, but the building was the telephone office. My grandparents never did have a phone. The phone operator would go and get them if we placed a call to them. Fortunately they lived just across the street.
The first Ukrainian settlers in Canada often built this type of house if winter was coming and they didn't have time to build a wooden structure. Tight, cramped and dark but it got them through the winter.
The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village near Edmonton, Alberta is a living museum - people role play the Ukrainian pioneer experience throughout the village. This is one of a series of three treatments of the same image.
So many pioneer Ukrainian-Canadian articles- the icons and embroidery which were always present; Canadian-style pots of different shapes and sizes, and drying flowers all show the busy and varied life of a pioneer family. I'm interested to know what the wooden block is for.