Monday, July 29, 2019

Finale For The Museum

Today I'm finishing off my series from Canada Day and this visit to the Canadian Museum of History. The concluding area looks at various themes of the country's history, both at home and abroad. This includes the First Nations. This powwow regalia on display comes from Amanda Laroque, a Mi'kmaq performer of powwow dance.

First Nations artists have come into their own while reflecting their cultural influences, such as soapstone carving or the finer details of an orca sculpture.

This lithograph is titled Nunavut (Our Land), and was commissioned to commemorate the signing of the 1993 land claim agreement that would lead to the reorganization of the Northwest Territories and the establishment of the Nunavut Territory. It was done by Kneojuak Ashevak.

The Acadian community in Canada is a distinct French speaking culture, mostly based out of New Brunswick, where they make up a third of the population. This is an Acadian flag.

This is a robe for the International Criminal Tribunal For The Former Yugoslavia. Louise Arbour was a Canadian judge who was designated the chief prosecutor in the late 1990s for war crimes investigations in the former Yugoslavia. She later served as UN High Commissioner For Human Rights from 2004-2008.

I took my leave, photographing over the roof of St. Onuphrius as I went.

I finish with this shot taken of the Museum from the Alexandra Bridge as I crossed over the Ottawa River. 


  1. I find that I've absorbed so much rubbish about First Nations culture through watching too many Western films and TV series that I really don't know what to believe about them any more. Having things in a national museum helps me to sort out fact from fiction to some extent. Your recent posts have enabled me to see an important collection that I otherwise would be unlikely to encounter.

  2. I wonder if the people founding Brunswick really came from my home town, Braunschweig.

  3. Continuo a acompanhar com interesse a visita a este belo museu e aproveito para desejar uma boa semana.

    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

  4. The Inuit have taken soapstone carving to a fine art.

  5. did they say how tall he was? that outfit was so long ... what like 6 foot something at least? amazing. ( ;

  6. ...a nice send off, where to next?

  7. I love the clothing for pow-wow. That green and orange combination is stunning. I'm with Tom, where next?


  8. Wonderful exhibit. Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week ahead!

  9. More learning for me. I particularly was intrigued by the 'Yugoslav' robe.

  10. There is a strong Acadian presence here. It enriches the culture of the island.

  11. Before your museum series, I had never even heard of the Acadians. I am learning so much from you. Thank you again. :-)

  12. You gave us a wonderful tour, William.

  13. We know about first nations history and culture but it still doesn't help us to form a positive working relation with the.

  14. @John: the story of the West is an infinitely complex one, and one that film and television rarely get right.

    @Iris: I imagine there's a root word in common, though in this case Brunswick is taken more from a British origin.

    @Francisco: thank you!

    @David: they have indeed.

    @Beth: the costume looks less tall in person.

    @Tom: a few days of more or less one-offs.

    @Janis: something quite different tomorrow.

    @Eileen: you're welcome.

    @Pat: the Yugoslav story of the 90s had a big impact on my country.

    @Marie: it has a rich history.

    @DJan: you're welcome.

    @RedPat: a pleasure to show it.

    @Red: that's true.

  15. Love the costume for Pow Wow dancing. I've been to a few Pow Wows in SE United States, and the dancers do so much work on costumes as well as showing them to advantage in the dances. The Native art work is also beautiful.

  16. A wonderful tour and series, thanks for being our guide, William

  17. Marvelous post of the exhibit and scenes across the rooftops and the river. The First Nations exhibit I would have loved. It has been a while that I visited the American Indian Museum in DC, I need to go again.

  18. Beautiful 'First Nations' items in photos ~ lovely exhibit ~

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  19. @Padre: thank you.

    @Barbara: I agree.

    @Bill: you're welcome.

    @Denise: you should.

    @Carol: thanks!

  20. What a nice tour! Thank you!

  21. Thank you for sharing all these great images from the Museum over your last few posts:)

  22. I especially love the lithograph of Our Land. I think they should hire you to do PR!

  23. Love the costume for Pow Wow Dance, brilliant colours together too.

    All the best Jan