How are you Celebrating Indigenous History Month?

How are you Celebrating Indigenous History Month?

By Tashina Houle-Schlup, Head of Indigenous Programming & Engagement


Throughout this important month, the Manitoba Museum celebrates the tangible and intangible heritage of the First Nations, Metis, and Inuit communities of Manitoba. One of our special initiatives to create space for these celebrations occurs on Sunday, June 16, when we will host our first-ever Indigenous Artist Market to honour and celebrate Indigenous History Month.

This much-anticipated market will not only showcase and support numerous local Indigenous artists, makers, and crafters but also provide a unique opportunity for visitors to engage in a cultural exchange, connecting the historical works in the Museum Galleries with the beautiful, contemporary creations from these vendors.

As caretakers of a significant collection of Indigenous ancestral works, the Museum takes pride in  preserving and showcasing pieces like the exquisite, intricate quillwork dating back to the early 19th century and beadwork that transcends beauty in every meticulously created design.

Intricately beaded octopus bag with a black base material and colourful floral and vines design.

Mid-19th-century octopus bag with floral beadwork, Cree or Anishinaabe. H4-0-734 ©Manitoba Museum

Intricately quilled cradleboard fender.

Early 19th-century cradleboard fender with loom quillwork, Cree or Anishinaabe, a possible origin of Red River Settlement. HBC 47-8 ©Manitoba Museum

We are fortunate to show our visitors that these hundreds of years-old artistic practices are still being carried forward by artists, makers, and crafters today. Some amazing, talented vendors attending our market include Bead N’ Butter, Red Thunder Cloud Designs, Onyx Art, Alicia Kejick Creations, Indigify, By Niizhode, Pretty Windy Designs, Anishinaa-Bakes, and many more.

The market will give attendees the chance to honour the rich artistic traditions on display in the Museum  Galleries, support thriving local Indigenous entrepreneurs, and contribute to the growth and sustainability of their incredible work.

A pair of beaded dangling earrings in a sunbeam design featuring yellow, blue, orange, and black beads.

Earrings by Bead n Butter © Jessie Pruden

Digital artwork by Onyx Art. © Piper Lockhart

A toddler-sized patterned dress with ruffled sleeves and red and blue ribbons along the bottom.

Toddler Ribbon Dress by Indigify © Stefanie Chabot

We invite you to visit the Museum this June to explore, reflect, and learn this Indigenous History Month; and don’t forget to stop by on Sunday, June 16, from 10 am to 3 pm to help us support and celebrate the talented  artists taking part in our first ever Indigenous Artist Market.


Word graphic on a black and fuchsia background with colourful Indigenous floral art on the right-hand side. Text reads, "Indigenous Artist Market @ the Manitoba Museum / Sunday, June 16, 2024 / 10 am to 3 pm".