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Author Archives: Maureen Matthews

Ancient pottery making described in new Anishinaabemowin translation

Jacob Owen of Pauingassi was always cheerfully willing to explain the complexities of Ojibwe history and philosophy with stories from his own life.  Margaret Simmons, who conducted this interview, was the Director of Education in Pauingassi at the time. She is a warm and open person with a positive genius for respectfully conversing with old people and her unique talent made my visits to Pauingassi and over 300 hours of…

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Chief Piapot and the Qu’Appelle Treaty

This is an image of an original 1875 handwritten parchment document related to  the signing of Treaty No. 4., the “Qu’appelle Treaty”, temporarily on display at the museum as part the “We are All Treaty People Exhibit”.  Treaty No. 4 was originally concluded at Fort Qu’Appelle in 1874 but many Anishinaabe and Cree Chiefs were absent at the time.  This fragile document sets out instructions for Treaty Commissioner William Christie…

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National Anthropology Day

Today is National Anthropology Day and as the Museum’s Anthropologist, I have been participating in a number of public events. Most recently I assisted with one of three winning designs in this year’s Warming Huts Competition, organized annually by the University of Manitoba, School of Architecture. This entry, Recycled Words, is the work of KANVA, a team of young architects in Montreal. These are the ski/chairs you see down on…

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We Have a New Treasure and an Unsolved Mystery in the Ethnology Department.

Kolb beaded panel, Closeup We would love to know who made this beautiful beadwork. A few years ago, Mrs. Arlene Kolb purchased this beaded panel in the Value Village shop on Regent Street because she loves handmade things. “I feel that the people making these items were content and focused on what they were doing. They put the effort into making something special,” she told me. After a year of enjoying it,…

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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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Diorama Details

Closeup of winter travelling scene, Aschkibokahn Diorama Hello, everyone! Kristina’s blog post for this week is going to be a bit different than some of her other posts: Over Reading Week I went to a conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, so I didn’t start any new research. Most of my work since my last blog post has been focused on continuing to figure out what is going to be involved…

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QR Code For Aschkibokahn Mini-Diorama

Kristina with Amelia Fay, Curator of the Hudson’s Bay Collection, checking web access at the Aschkibokahn mini-diorama. Welcome back, everybody! This week Kristina’s post is a quick look at some of the behind-the-scenes planning that she’s been doing for her project: As I mentioned in my last post, the goal of my project is to look at ways of linking the Aschkibokahn archaeological site and diorama with the present-day community of Duck…

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Aschkibokahn mini-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…

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Peguis Pipe visits Peguis First Nation

On Saturday, December 1st, 2012, the Peguis First Nation hosted a Hunters’ and Gatherers’ Feast in honour of high school students who had successfully completed a course in bush skills.  They were also honouring Chief Glenn Hudson and celebrating the inauguration of a new beaded otter fur Chief’s hat made by women in the community.  There were about 250 people in the community hall for the event, which featured the…

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Everything you should know about the Berens Family Collection

What is the Berens Family Collection? Through the generosity of many community leaders, The Manitoba Museum has recently acquired historically significant artefacts that are currently on display in our Foyer area: Chief’s Treaty Medal No. 5 and Chain, given to Chief Jacob Berens at the signing of Treaty No. 5, September 20, 1875 (H4-2-212 A, B). Chief’s 1901 Commemorative Medal and Ribbon, given to Chief Jacob Berens in 1901, in…

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