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QR Code For Aschkibokahn Mini-Diorama

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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 Bay. The work I did this week involved looking at how to best integrate our research materials into the existing exhibit.

One of the ideas we have come up with is to set up a QR code that links to a webpage with supplementary information about Duck Bay. Some of the materials we are hoping to share on this page include a poem written by Melba Sanoffsky, who grew up in Duck Bay, as well as photographs of the community through the years.

Before we can go any further we have to do something practical: ensure that smart phones are able to get reception in the exhibit area.  To check this, I visited the gallery with one of the curators.  We have different service providers and we wanted to make sure we both had a signal and reception. We pulled out our phones, and success! Now we know it is possible to use QR codes in the exhibit area. The next steps will be to look at the materials we have at the museum, and to decide what else we would like to include in our web display.

At this point, the web page/QR code is just a concept. I will keep you informed as to what we actually come up with. Stop by the blog next week to see where I’m at with my project, and don’t forget to visit the new diorama!

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Dr. Maureen Matthews

Curator of Ethnology

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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.