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Aschkibokahn mini-diorama

New Parklands Gallery Diorama

New Parklands Gallery Diorama

I would like to introduce Kristina, a Master’s student at the University of Winnipeg, who is completing a program in Curatorial Practices. As part of her internship with The Manitoba Museum (TMM), she is working on a couple of projects to gain experience in different areas of museum studies. Last month, she wrote a blog post about a project with the HBC Collection, and this month she is working with Ethnology Department on exhibit design and programming.  This is her first Ethnology blog:

On January 16, TMM unveiled a new display in the Parklands/Mixed Woods Gallery, called the Aschkibokahn mini-diorama. This diorama, the result of nearly twenty years of research, planning, and hard work, explores the activities of an Anishnaabe family from about 800 years ago as they move across the land from winter to summer. The project is based on work undertaken at the Aschkibokahn archaeological site, located near the present-day communities of Duck Bay and Camperville.
One of TMM’s goals for this exhibit is to link the archaeological site to these present-day communities. My role in this project is two-fold. On the one hand, I will be gathering and sorting through existing research to figure out the best ways to integrate this information into a comprehensive exhibit. On the other hand, I will be exploring different means of re-establishing connections with community members in order to gain a fuller picture of the history of the region.
I will be posting blogs over the next couple of months to keep everyone up to speed with my project. I hope you all stay tuned to see how the project progresses and I encourage everyone to come down and check out the beautiful new diorama!

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Dr. Maureen Matthews

Curator of Cultural Anthropology

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Dr. Maureen Matthews, Curator of Cultural Anthropology joined The Manitoba Museum staff in November 2011. Before coming to the museum. she was a CBC Radio journalist and winner of five awards for Investigative Journalism from the Canadian Association of Journalists. She completed a D. Phil. in Social and Cultural Anthropology (2010) at the University of Oxford and her thesis, published as a book by the University of Toronto Press in 2016, Naamiwan’s Drum: The Story of a Contested Repatriation of Anishinaabe Artefacts, won the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non Fiction from the Manitoba Writers Guild. She received an award from the Canadian Museums Association for “We are All Treaty People” an exhibit created in collaboration with the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba. She was the recipient of a Governor General’s History Award for the outreach project Spirit Lines and was also awarded an International Guardians of Culture Award by the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums for the same project.