Friday, April 11, 2014

Tribal Relics

Adjacent to the Grand Hall are a series of rooms with First Nations artifacts.


This pair contrast each other, being a few decades apart in time. The mask is more traditional, while the circular panel does have aboriginal influences but is also a very contemporary design.


Various headdresses are in this display. These rooms are dimly lit, posing a bit of a challenge to the photographer.


And this display case contained war clubs.


This mural was on a wall in these rooms. It's a hint of what's to come in the Grand Hall.



31 comments:

  1. I love the First Nations items, and the war clubs are very ornate.

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  2. Had to catch up with the posts I missed and I must say that I'm enjoying your museum series. These are lovely war clubs - quite difficult to imagine them being used to hurt anything/anyone. Unless they're just ceremonial?

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  3. This looks like a wonderful collection. I like First Nations art and artistry and the museum seems to have a very nice variety of pieces.

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  4. These are beautiful pieces. I'm glad that you're showing them. :)

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  5. Okay, these are the reason I've always wanted to go (though now I also want to see the snowmobile!) The panel is gorgeous....

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  6. That circular panel in #2 is fantastic. Contemporary yet consistent with the traditional.

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  7. Oh, yeah! I could use one of those clubs.

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  8. Linda: they are indeed.

    Hilda: in these cases I suspect they are ceremonial.

    Kay: it does hav a very large collection.

    Halcyon: thank you!

    Ciel: if you're ever over here the Museum is easy to find!

    Stuart: that is what impressed me.

    Revrunner: they would come in handy with idiot ex brother in laws.

    Luis: I think so too!

    Tanya: thanks!

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  9. I like seeing the contrast between the old and new. And it makes me happy to know First Nation's art is still evolving, not stuck back in history.

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  10. The lighting is terrible..is the low light to protect the artifacts?
    Jane x

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  11. You did a fantastic job of photographing these items considering the low light! Congrats. Love these artifacts. I call them artifacts rather than relics. Maybe because I've been called a relic. :)

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  12. It is odd how the war clubs, probably lethal things, look almost funny and surely beautiful!

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  13. @EG: that's what struck me too.

    @Jane and Chris: yes, the lighting's kept low for that reason. I thought about using flash photography, but decided against it.

    @Lowell: I wondered if someone might say that!

    @Tex: thank you! I think so too.

    @VP: items like these were definitely lethal, but yes, these are beautiful.

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  14. I enjoy First Nations work. I want to go back to the one in B.C., on the island. It's amazing!
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

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  15. I truly love the West Coast first Nation Art. We see it here all the time. Gorgeous. MB

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  16. The lighting must create an interesting atmosphere as well as protecting the pieces.

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  17. Wonderfully captured in that dim light. Enjoyed reading the comments here!

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  18. Oh, to be bludgeoned to death by a thing of such beauty.

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  19. Great collection, I love those war clubs.

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  20. Worth taking a look at. Relics of a past... If I was born 1,000 years ago?

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  21. @Jennifer: I'll have to visit that museum someday.

    @MB: it's such an expressive style.

    @Norma: thanks!

    @RedPat: there's another area I didn't photograph in that's even dimmer!

    @Lauren: thanks!

    @Hamilton: if one has to go...

    @Jan: they're beautiful objects.

    @Birdman: I'm reminded of a line from Raiders of the Lost Ark: "who knows? In a thousand years even you may be worth something."

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  22. What a great exhibit! Beautiful items.

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  23. Great displays William, I'm enjoying your visit to this place.

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  24. Lots of nice and interesting finds.

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  25. I'd really like to visit this place. These items are truly treasures.

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  26. Nice war clubs! Any chance Lars used one of these on Rush?

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