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Monthly Archives: November 2013

Crowd Control

A museum exists to share artefacts, not hide them. Artefact loans are therefore a crucial part of any museum’s activities. The Manitoba Museum and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) have recently agreed to work together when it makes sense to join forces. Our first “handshake” was the loan of some of our artefacts related to the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 to the CMHR. Some of you may…

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My First Acquisition

Even though the HBC collection is full of amazing treasures, I’m always interested in acquiring other special items with an HBC connection.  Curators at The Manitoba Museum can’t just add items willy-nilly, we go through a process with our Collections Committee to make sure that we’re acquiring items that are significant to Manitoba (or in my case, significant to the HBC, which has a much broader geographic scope).  I had…

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Pīsim finds her Miskanow

I have to share with you about the results of a wonderful project that I have been working on for the past 6 years…actually more like 20… In 1993, the remains of a woman were found at Nagami Bay (Onākaāmihk) west shore of Southern Indian Lake. The following year, community members from South Indian Lake and archaeologists worked together to recover our ancestor in a respectful and honourable way. The…

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Top 10 plants for the apocalypse: part 2

Hooray the apocalypse hasn’t happened yet! You’ll be able to learn what the final five most important plants are before the end of days. So without delay here’s number 6… 6. Wild Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus) Since exploding nuclear power plants are likely to be a problem in a post-apocalyptic world, it would be useful to know which edible plants are likely to do well under such conditions. Fortunately, the…

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Fireballs over Winnipeg

Over the past week we have had dozens of reports of green fireballs over Manitoba. Here’s the typical description: A flaming object, greenish in colour, flashing into existence and flying in a straight line towards the horizon. Perhaps it explodes; perhaps it heads behind some trees or buildings and disappears. It’s usually visible for only a few seconds, leaving many viewers wondering if they even saw it or imagined it….

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Raise the Sails!

The Nonsuch at the Manitoba Museum is the largest artefact (in size) in the collection. It is unique in that it is an artefact that visitors get to walk aboard, touch and literally step into a piece of history. Another interesting part is that the Nonsuch is a real life ship that was once sailed by a crew and it is because of this that the Conservators at TMM care…

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Top 10 plants for the Apocalypse: Part 1

Post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction is all the rage these days. From zombie plagues (World War Z, The Walking Dead) to genetic engineering gone wrong (Oryx and Crake, MaddAddam) to who knows what (The Road), people are clearly fascinated with this somewhat morbid genre. Reading these stories made me realize that most people are ill-equipped to deal with a world overrun by the living dead, ill-tempered intelligent swine or bloodthirsty cannibals….

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‘I don’t know what you mean by “glory”,’ Alice said. Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. ‘Of course you don’t — till I tell you. I meant “there’s a nice knock-down argument for you!”‘ ‘But “glory” doesn’t mean “a nice knock-down argument”,’ Alice objected. ‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’ ‘The…

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