Today I am finishing my tour of the Canadian Museum of History, done on the Canada Day weekend. I am starting with this hockey jersey- #9 of the Montreal Canadiens. Maurice "Rocket" Richard wore this sweater during the 1959 playoffs. The Rocket was a secular saint to all of Quebec, and a fierce thorn in the side to other teams. When I look at this, or the statue of him outside Jacques Cartier Park, I am reminded of the late Birdman, a perennial Boston Bruins fan who came with the institutional dislike of the Habs and the Rocket that a Bruins fan would have.
This t-shirt, done in 2014, is displayed. Translated, it reads, Remain calm, yes, there are francophones outside Quebec.
Another look at Morning Star, the totem poles, and Spirit Of Haida Gwaii.
Within a nearby passage leading into the First Nations exhibits, I came across a set of four familiar paintings. The museum has this set of four, painted between 1978-81, by Alex Janvier. Commissioned by the museum at the time, these are collectively called The Seasons, and start from the top with Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.
Two items occupy this space close by. The first is a boat, the Nishga Girl, which previously occupied a place in the permanent galleries before the makeover. Giving it this space is quite fitting, I think. Its roots go back thirty years before it was constructed in 1967, starting with the friendship of a Japanese-Canadian man and a First Nations man in British Columbia, one that grew out of shared interests in fishing and boat building. The boat was donated to the museum by the families in 1998, and it now resides here. In the background is the large abstract mural I showed you from the upper levels some posts back. It is an untitled work by a designer, Thor Hansen, and a painter, Umberto Bruni, finished in 1957 for the offices of the British American Oil Company. It has since been given over to the Museum.