Kitigan Zibi Youths and Elders visit the NMAI, August 2013

Young people from the Anishinabeg community at Kitigan Zibi visited the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington from August 10th to 15th, 2013 on a study tour to learn about objects collected by Frank G. Speck and his student Frederick Johnson in their community during the first half of the twentieth century.

A group of five young people from secondary III: Aanjeni Twenish, Miskomin Twenish, Sierra Lee Odjick, Misko McGregor et Jace House were accompanied by community Elders Josie Whiteduck and Peter Decontie, as well as Anita Tenasco, Jenny Tenasco, Fred McGregor and Valerie Plain. Élise Dubuc and Julian Whittam from the Université de Montréal were also part of the group.

Under the direction of Amy Van Allen and Mark Cristal, the NMAI team included Cali Martin, Veronica Quiguango and Gussie Lehman. This team led visits to the museum’s public spaces on the [U.S.] National Mall in Washington and training sessions on communication technologies at the museum’s Cultural Resources Center in Maryland, where objects from the collections that are not exhibited are conserved.