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Monthly Archives: April 2014

We Are All Treaty People

The Museum We Are All Treaty People, a new exhibit on the history of Treaties in Manitoba, in the Museum’s Discovery Room on May 1. A collaboration with the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba and its Commissioner James Wilson, this is the first time visitors will be able to see almost every Manitoba Treaty medal including the medal given by Lord Selkirk to Chief Peguis in 1812 and original medals…

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Norwegian Bear Fight: Folk Furniture of the 18th Century

The Manitoba Museum is in possession of a wonderfully decorated Norwegian pine cabinet dated to the late 18th century. This cabinet will be on exhibit in our foyer from May 5 to November 2, 2014.   Norwegian Cabinet, circa 1790.   The cabinet has two sections: an upper cupboard and lower hutch, with a total of 3 doors. On these doors and around them the artist created a series of 10…

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Total Lunar Eclipse Visible Over Manitoba Tonight (April 14-15)

Tonight, most of North America will be treated to an uncommon and beautiful celestial event. The Full Moon will rise tonight at sunset, with the bright planet Mars nearby. As they rise, you’ll be able to notice that the Moon is actually moving relative to more distant Mars – the Moon is orbiting the Earth,  from right to left from our point of view. You can see this motion as…

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An Act of Kindness: PART 1.5

I’m sure you’re all wondering what’s happened to the blog, I promised a Part 2 for the story of Tullauhiu’s leg and I have yet to deliver! Truthfully, I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole of research.  Although I’ve discovered some interesting tidbits, I want to wait until I’ve uncovered the full story before I present it to you here. I had some great feedback from Part 1 of this blog…

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Plants that Want to Kill us

OK I’m exaggerating, plants don’t really want to kill us-they just don’t want us (or any other animal) to eat them. So plants have evolved ways to protect themselves-thorns, spines and prickles come to mind. But instead of physical armaments, many plants use chemical warfare to keep us pesky mammals away. The 5 cm thorns of Hawthorn (Crataegus chrysocarpa) effectively say “don’t touch me!”

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U of W student Kristina Misurska

Child wearing woven rabbit skin parka. More from U of W student Kristina Misurska: I’m sure I don’t have to tell anybody this, but this winter has been brutally cold—the coldest winter in 35 years! Every time it seems like we are finally going to get some warmer temperatures, we are plunged back into a deep freeze. Luckily, for most of us, we are able to put on layers of…

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