The level of detail on this model of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is extraordinary.
The gallery continues, exploring the diverse First Nations cultures that existed before contact with Europeans. One of the displays is a digital one- the scanning of four faces from what is now British Columbia, people who lived four thousand years ago. In a collaboration between archaeologists and the community, the remains of a family were examined, scanned, and brought to new life in a digital form before being returned to the community.
And here they are on screen. They blink, move, and breathe as you look at them. It's ghostly.
This canoe is much more recent. Todd Labrador of the Nova Scotia Mi'kmaw built this ocean going canoe in 2015 using traditional techniques. Some of his tools are displayed with it.
Today I leave off with a panel introducing what I'll show you tomorrow- another face of the past brought back to life through the collaboration of the local community and archaeologists.