As mentioned yesterday, the Metis culture emerged during the 19th century, a unique blend of French-Canadian and First Nations cultures that became distinctly recognized as a separate entity. Here are some of their clothing items.
The Metis would be an integral part of the story of the West, with the founding of Manitoba being part of their legacy. Another part would be armed conflict with the federal government- which would lead to defeat and the execution of their great leader Louis Riel. History has been kinder to Riel, who today is deemed a Father of Confederation.
Another story of the West is that of the transcontinental railroad, binding the east and west, a momentous project.
One of the lasting legacies of the world from this time is the idea of CPR chief engineer Sanford Fleming: time zones across the planet.
These items are by the Haida artist Charles Edenshaw, a prolific artist of the latter half of the 19th century and into the early 20th century.
A tradition of the Pacific Coast peoples long suppressed by the government was the concept of the potlatch
For the federal government, it became important to settle the vastness of the West.
Must give space to minorities too.ReplyDelete
Looks like an industrial phaseReplyDelete
In some ways.Delete
That railway bridge is fantastic, what an achievement.ReplyDelete
Pierre Berton told many of these stories well.ReplyDelete
They are epic stories.Delete
Great exhibit, that bridge is amazing. Take care, have a wonderful day and week ahead!ReplyDelete
...here, the Europeans annihilated the native populations.ReplyDelete
Here it was conflict or attempted assimilation through residential schools- both wrong.Delete
Time zones vs solar time was fun to teach, especially the international dateline.ReplyDelete
Time zones make sense.Delete
The bridge is truly impressive.ReplyDelete
Very much so.Delete
The showcase of clothing is quite beautiful!ReplyDelete
The development of the railroad made such a huge impact in both our nations.ReplyDelete
Very much soDelete
There is so much good info in this post, William.ReplyDelete
I read a lot of western Canadian History. It was a very crucial time to unite with the rest of Canada.ReplyDelete
Your museum posts are always very interesting, and also educational. Thanks William!ReplyDelete
Another very informative post and exhibit ~ReplyDelete
Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)
Thanks for sharing this wonderful exhibit and history.ReplyDelete
A pleasure to do so.Delete
I'm so glad railroads connected many parts of our countries...and the time zone was a fantastic invention! Didn't know much about the Metis. May have to google them.ReplyDelete
I like that it was a Canadian invention.Delete
This is an excellent exhibit. I appreciate your posts with history!ReplyDelete
Esa mezcla de culturas, enriquece las manifestaciones de arte de ese país.ReplyDelete
That one VERY fancy winter coat!ReplyDelete
Indeed it is.Delete
That bridge is amazing.ReplyDelete
All the best Jan
I think so too.Delete
Beautiful quote, and interesting to read about those changes. You bring so much to your posts that we might not ever read about or even see for ourselves. thank you for that.ReplyDelete
The bridge is impressive, dunno if you'd get me on it, I have a thing about hating heights. I often look at 19th century fashions and wonder just how people lived with wearing them, they seem so consuming and heavy.ReplyDelete
I have no issue with heights.Delete
William - I no longer volunteer at our local history museum, but while I was there I picked up quite a bit of railroad history. I was fascinated to learn that there used to be a significant railroad bridge across a gorge only two miles from my house. Long gone now, unfortunately! Ever since, I thrill to see pictures of these engineering masterpieces!ReplyDelete
Some are still around. Others have been replaced.Delete
That was my comment above!ReplyDelete
Blogger is still doing odd things.Delete