Wednesday, January 18, 2017

First Nations

A note to members of City Daily Photo: the theme day for the first of February is Loving Life.

Off the Grand Hall at the Museum of History are several galleries and spaces dedicated to First Nations exhibits. This includes an area that has the layout of an archaeological dig, with artifacts strategically placed. Two canoes, one much larger than the other, can be found at the entrance; the Hall and one of its totem poles can be glimpsed in the background of the first shot.


Behind the wall of the Grand Hall, there are a series of rooms displaying First Nations artifacts, primarily from West Coast tribes. 


Within the Grand Hall itself, the plaster version of Bill Reid's Spirit Of Haida Gwaii sits. It's a sculpture I always enjoy looking at. A glimpse of Alex Janvier's Morning Star can be seen in the background of the first shot.

29 comments:

  1. I would certainly visit this exhibition if I could. Very interesting!

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  2. The darkness of the first 6 photos makes the series seem like a mysterious adventure! And then for the last few, we are out in the light! Fun!

    Janis
    GDP

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  3. Yes I have been there, an impressive museum.

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  4. is that grand hall in the last photo? it is amazing! great sculpture and artifacts!

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  5. I agree with Tanya, the Grand Hall in the last shot looks amazing William, would get the excitement vibe going right from the start!

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  6. @Linda: they are.

    @Marleen: it is a wonderful place to see.

    @Janis: the archaeological area as I would call it is rather dim, but that makes it work.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Marianne: it is indeed.

    @Tanya: yes, and I have more views of it in the next two days.

    @Grace: it does!

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  7. I went to this museum a long time ago and after reading this post, I think it might be time to visit Ottawa again.

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  8. An impressive museum, William, esp. the Grand Hall !

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  9. Thanks so much for sharing...and that final photo puts it all in perspective! So beautiful!

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  10. @Shammickite: it'll be a good idea to come after Canada Hall here is reopened in time for Canada Day.

    @Karl: it's great architecture!

    @Lowell: and more of that to come.

    @Cloudia: thanks!

    @Sharon: it is, yes.

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  11. I could spend a lot of time in that gallery as well. I've always liked west coast art.

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  12. very neat artifacts ... very creative designs. ( ;

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  13. The hall is spacious and with beautiful designs.

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  14. I love the shadows on the plaster work of Bill Reid's.

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  15. Intriguing, colourful artworks. And love the interior setting featured in the last photo. Most appealing.

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  16. I love the look of the grand hall in the last photo. It looks very impressive. Some very nice artifacts on display there.

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  17. This is another place you have shared that I hope to see one day. Those sculptures are superb. I have seen a very similar mask as in your 4th photo down here at the Indian Museum in Washington DC. Great post, great photos! Thank you for your kind comment on my latest blog post. It was very much appreciated. Great to be visiting again. Happy New Year :)

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  18. Nice exhibition with wonderful objects, the canoes and the white sculpture are my favorites.

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  19. Reminds me of my family's ties to the Pacific Northwest.

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  20. @Red: I have too.

    @Beth: it's beautiful work.

    @Nancy: it's a wonderfully designed museum.

    @Jennifer: that style is quite photogenic.

    @RedPat: this is the first time in quite awhile that I'd been in there in the evening- it's a completely different mood at night, and that reflects itself in how that sculpture presents itself.

    @Gemma: this building is a favourite place for me.

    @Bill: it's a marvelous space to spend time in.

    @Denise: I enjoy showing this place from time to time.

    @Jan: I'd love to see the two variants for the sculpture- there are bronze ones in Vancouver at the airport and at the Canadian embassy in Washington.

    @Revrunner: the Pacific Northwest has such a rich history. It's good that it's been preserved and cherished.

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  21. Another magnificent display. I've seen a replica of the Makaw Indian Nation canoe at their reservation museum. The size is remarkable and the one in your photo looks like it is also.

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  22. This is a great exhibit. It looks almost as if the ceiling is the underside of a canoe. It's well worth returning to often.

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