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!


Dr. Maureen Matthews

Curator of Cultural Anthropology

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Dr. Maureen Matthews, Curator of Ethnology joined The Manitoba Museum staff in November 2011. She is a CBC Radio documentary maker and has received four awards for Investigative Journalism from the Canadian Association of Journalists for her work for IDEAS on Cree and Ojibwe ideas about the world. Her documentaries include Fair Wind’s Drum (1993), Thunderbirds (1995), Memegwesiwag (2007) and Wihtigo: Cree Ideas about Cannibals (2010) and she also received a Manitoba Human Rights award for Isinamowin: The White Man’s Indian (1990), a documentary about the harmful consequences of stereotypes about Aboriginal people. She recently completed a D. Phil. in Social and Cultural Anthropology (2010) at the University of Oxford with a thesis on the attribution of animacy and agency to museum artefacts from a joint Ojibwe and Anthropological theoretical perspective.