This is the powow dress of Amanda Larocque, a Mi'kmaq fancy dance performer.
The next thematic area deals with Quebec, and with Francophones generally in Canada. It starts with a jersey and hockey stick belonging to one of the greatest to ever play the game- Maurice "Rocket" Richard, a hero and legend worshiped by fans of the Montreal Canadiens.
Albums by various Quebec musicians are seen together.
One of the more insufferable moments of the 1960s involved a man whose entire life could be summed up by that word. Charles de Gaulle had weaseled his way into power in France by making the absolute most of his reputation from the Second World War. In truth, there was nothing he did of any real note that couldn't have been done by another Free French officer. The man was an insufferable egomaniac, impossible to work with, in love with his own place in history. In short, an asshole.
He came to Canada on a state visit, went to Montreal, where he gave a speech to crowds from a balcony, and ended up feeding into the sovereignty movement by calling, "vive le Quebec libre!"
This of course set off a diplomatic firestorm, and it wasn't long before the old man was out of the country.
Again: an asshole. If there's any justice, he's roasting in hell right about now, griping about why no one's paying attention to him.
The 1960s had also seen the rise of extremism and terrorism in Quebec. The Front de Liberation du Quebec (FLQ) spent years setting off bombs. Their actions culminated in the October Crisis- the kidnapping of a British diplomat, and the kidnapping and murder of a provincial cabinet minister.
The first referendum on the question of separation ensued some years later. For the no side, the Prime Minister of the country led efforts. Pierre Trudeau is seen here speaking to supporters.
On another screen, the provincial premier, Rene Levesque, the driving force for separation, speaks in turn, creating the effect of a political debate.
The performer costume looks so special and colourfulReplyDelete
Today the costumes would be a wonderful inspiration for the Carnival which has started now in February !ReplyDelete
The powow dress looks something like the Chinese opera show costumes.ReplyDelete
An unusual interpretation.Delete
Oh, de Gaulle should reach out and take many German politicians by the hand!!!ReplyDelete
De Gaulle was, to borrow a phrase from Rowan Atkinson, a complete prick.Delete
What a wonderful dress.ReplyDelete
...a fancy dress for a fancy dancer.ReplyDelete
Sería un gran espectáculo, ver a la bailarina bailando, con ese vestido de la fotografía nº 1.ReplyDelete
De Gaulle’s speech lives in infamy.ReplyDelete
I agree with your assessment of Charles De Gaulle.ReplyDelete
He was a horrible person all around.Delete
The Powwow ensemble is gorgeous. I never heard the DeGaulle story -- I don't know much about him. Interesting.ReplyDelete
It's well known here.Delete
I only recognized one, or in fact two artists. The sisters.ReplyDelete
The McGarrigles, I assume.Delete
The dress is wonderful.ReplyDelete
I love that dress!ReplyDelete
Those were rocky scary times for Canada.ReplyDelete
I love the dress.ReplyDelete
It stands out.Delete
The powow dress is a beauty.ReplyDelete
I really enjoy Pow Wows! Politicians, not so much.ReplyDelete
DeGaulle, I remember hearing about him as a kid in the 1950s as a big famous leader.
Good to read accuracy in history.
A thoroughly unpleasant man.Delete
Colorful and creative exhibit ~ReplyDelete
Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)
I wish it wasn't so expensive to travel in Canada, as there is such a lot of it I would love to visit.ReplyDelete
It's a great country.Delete
There's always assholes in any country's history sadly, those who get a whiff of power and think they're the greatest.ReplyDelete