Friday, September 10, 2021

Behold The Morning Star

 Beyond the Spirit Of Haida Gwaii, and just visible in one of the shots of that sculpture yesterday, lies a large mural high over the south end of the Grand Hall. Morning Star is by the Dene artist Alex Janvier, done in 1993, and remains my favourite work of art in the national capital region.

We'll take another look at it in a few days, but I moved from here into the First Peoples Hall, which was closed due to Covid restrictions the last time I visited. This series of corridors features exhibits on the various First Peoples of Canada, from early times to the modern day. The nearby entrance- really the exit if one visits this area in the way it's supposed to be done- features a blended picture of past and present. On the nearby Gatineau shore of the Ottawa River, Indigenous people are encamped. On the opposite shore is Parliament Hill and the Chateau Laurier as they look today.

A video display features stories by First Peoples in their own words.

A mix of items displayed here; some contemporary, and some historical. Display panels examine them in detail. The coat at right has national significance, as the last photo today explains.


  1. A great mural and exhibition. Our museums are so boring.... it´s great too see yours.

  2. The Canadian "indians" are less known than the American once, very interesting exhibition !

  3. Hello,
    The mural is beautiful, it is a great museum with wonderful exhibits.
    Have a great day and happy weekend!

  4. That 'Morning Star' is still a great and fascinating piece of art.

  5. ...the Morning Star is another good reason to always look up!

  6. @Nancy: I love it.

    @Iris: I enjoy this one.

    @Italiafinlandia: indeed.

    @Gattina: perhaps in some ways.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @David: very much so.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Jan: that it is.

    @Sandi: it is.

    @Gemel: I agree.

    @Tom: quite true.

    @Orvokki: thanks.

    @Marie: it is indeed.

  7. I'm always happy to see your pics of that mural!

  8. The Morning Star is gorgeous ~ love the colors and design ~

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  9. Interesting way to set up dioramas show history.

  10. Such a beautiful mural! I think I remember seeing it here before, it’s a great piece.

  11. @RedPat: I love showing it.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Red: that it is.

    @Sharon: me too.

    @Marleen: it is.

  12. I'm so behind on your posts I don't think I'll ever catch up. That is simply magnificent -- I love that mural.