The Canadian History Hall is divided into three gallery spaces, reorganized in time for Canada 150 in 2017. The first one starts essentially with time immemorial and goes until the end of the French and Indian War. Archaeology and oral storytelling are the only ways we know about life in North America thousands of years ago. This space starts off with a video display, told by an Anishinabe elder in her language, with French and English subtitles at the bottom of the screen, about how the world came into being.
Thursday, September 16, 2021
First Nations and other indigenous peoples of pre-Contact times are examined by geographical area as the gallery unfolds. We start with those peoples of the Great Plains, for whom the bison was sacred.
A display case includes a bison skull and spear points.
A poster. Today Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A model is set up of the buffalo jump, with commentary from an elder playing on the screen above about the practices and rituals of the hunt.