A study trip to Chicago’s Field Museum has taken place in the fall of 2015, for certain members of the project’s team from the Mashteuiatsh community and the Université de Montréal. The delegation visited the museum to explore the possibility of co-curating the renewal of the Montagnais-Naskapi part of the Eastern Woodland Indians exhibition. While Lire plus / Read more
5th Annual Meeting at the University of Montreal’s Laurentien biology field-station, from May 4th to 7th, 2015
The fifth annual meeting for the CURA project Tshiue-natuapahtetau / Kigibiwewidon will take place at the University of Montreal’s Laurentien biology field-station, from May 4th to 7th, 2015. The project’s researchers, community partners, participants, and research assistants will gather to reflect on what was accomplished in the past year and to talk about ongoing and Lire plus / Read more
Speakers: Élise Dubuc and Carole Delamour Title of the paper: “The Mashteuiatsh teuehikan at the crossroads. The multiple echoes of a drum.” The event is part of the LEO (Ethnomusicology and organology laboratory) conference cycle and will take place in Room A-873 of the Université de Montréal Music Faculty, next March 12, at noon. The Lire plus / Read more
This project’s objective is to produce a film presenting the Trips to the territory program, established by the Kassinu Mamu School, in order to promote it to other Aboriginal communities. Background on Trips to the territory Implemented in 1997, the Trips to the territory program aims to allow school youth to spend time in the Lire plus / Read more
January 28, 2015, we met members of the Youth Council of Pekuakamiulnuatsh, partners of the Tshiue Natuapahtetau — Kigibiwewidon research project. We briefly presented the progress made by our project. They were keenly interested in the photos of Ilnu heritage objects, conserved in the National Museum of the American Indian storehouses. February 17, 2015, a Lire plus / Read more
The members of the Elders advisory committee of Mashteuiatsh appreciated the direct contact with objects from their heritage, when they visited the Native Museum of Mashteuiatsh and the Pulperie de Chicoutimi / Regional Museum. These meetings took place on November 11 and 27, 2014 and allowed the participants to reconnect with objects from their childhood. Lire plus / Read more
The project team was invited to participate in the 3rd Seminar on the Ethics of Research with Aboriginal Peoples: Concrete examples for decolonizing research. This seminar took place September 24 and 25, 2014 at the First Peoples Pavilion (Pavillon des Premiers-Peuples) of the Université du Québec en Abitibi Témiscamingue (UQAT), in Val-d’Or. The talk, given Lire plus / Read more
Once again this year, members of the project team will be attending the American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Meeting, taking place in Washington, DC from December 2 to 7, 2014. More details will follow. Information on the presentations is available here: AAA program, December 2014.
A mini exhibit was put together in collaboration with Mashteuiatsh and Kitigan Zibi so that the communities could introduce themselves to each other. « Dialogue circle » also aims to make the CURA Tshiue-Natuapahtetau / Kigibiwewidon project known to community members and to visitors to institutions. Three objects were selected from each of the communities’ collections. Kitigan Lire plus / Read more
The fourth annual meeting will take place in the spring of 2014, in British Columbia, where the experiences of the Musqueam and Stó:lō communities will be shared, as well as those of our partner, the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia.
At the last conference of the Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS) in May 2014, Julian Whittam and Carole Delamour delivered a paper in French entitled « Museums and First Nations : between collaboration, transmission, and reappropriation. The Ilnu community of Mashteuiatsh and the National Museum of the American Indian ». The goal was to present the activities Lire plus / Read more
From May 5th to 7th, 2014, a film crew composed of co-researcher Élène Tremblay and research assistant Maxime Pelletier went to Pointe-Racine to film the goose hunt as part of the “Young transmitters” program. They were accompanied by research assistant Carole Delamour and repatriation coordinator Bibiane Courtois. The “Young transmitters” program was started by the Lire plus / Read more
An audio archiving workshop took place in Mashteuiatsh during the month of May 2014. Research assistants Béatrice Lecomte andCorina Macdonald, from the CURA-Tshiue-natuapahtetau / Kigibiwewidon project, worked together with people from the Musée amérindien de Mashteuiatsh (Masteuiatsh Aborignal Museum) to improve certain aspects of the museum’s management of audio archives and databases. First, the database Lire plus / Read more
In August of 2000, the Haida nation repatriated the remains of over 140 ancestors from the Canadian Museum of Civilization. In 2001, a bentwood box drum was also returned from the Museum of civilization to Haida Gwaii on long-term loan. Though these types of drums are used by several other First Nations on Canada’s west Lire plus / Read more
Presentations at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) in Chicago, november 2013
On November 20 and 21, 2013, Élise Dubuc and Samantha Tenasco attended the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), in Chicago. Élise presented a paper entitled Repatriation and cultural categories. the post human remains era : questioning beings and things. http://aaa.confex.com/aaa/2013/webprogrampreliminary/Paper32644.html Samantha presented a paper she authored with Julian Whittam, entitled “In the spirit Lire plus / Read more
From November 15 to 21, 2013, Élise Dubuc and Samantha Tenasco were in Chicago to attend the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA). During this time, they visited the Field Museum to meet with Helen Robins and Brittany Wheeler, and to look at the collections of objects from the communities of Mashteuiatsh and Lire plus / Read more
From September 30th to October 2nd, 2013, researchers, partners, participants, and research assistants for the CURA project Tshiue-natuapahtetau / Kigibiwewidon gathered in the Kitigan Zibi Cultural Education Centre for the project’s third annual meeting. Each day began and ended with a prayer by Elders Josie Whiteduck and Peter Decontie. On the first morning, Elder Decontie Lire plus / Read more
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 Lire plus / Read more
From May 30 to June 7, 2013, seven students from the Kassinu Mamu school in Mashteuiatsh visited the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington. There they saw and studied objects from their community that are part of the holdings of this important museum. The students Gabrielle Paul, Simon Buissière-Launière, Andrew Duchesne, Lire plus / Read more
On May 7th 2013, the research team organised a colloquium entitled Possession, dépossession et repossession. Le rapatriement du patrimoine autochtone à la croisée des chemins (Possession, dispossession and repossession: repatriation of aboriginal heritage materials at the crossroads) as part of the annual ACFAS Conference at the Université Laval, in Québec City. Sally Price gave the Lire plus / Read more
Inventory of the collection of the Cultural Education Centre at Kitigan Zibi, from April 29 to May 3, 2013. Some 1500 objects were inventoried with training adapted to the needs of members of the community. Inventory The purpose of an inventory is to identify, record, and organise elements constituting a community’s heritage. For a museum Lire plus / Read more
The cultural education centre at Kitigan Zibi is renewing its permanent exhibition. The community wished to take advantage of the collection inventory, which required opening showcases and visiting storage areas, to change the objects being exhibited.
We returned to Mashteuiatsh for the second annual meeting of the project. A great community meal was organised for the occasion. Members of the band council of Mashteuiatsh as well as elders from the community were invited. Workshops were held by all three committees that had been created to carry out the work of the Lire plus / Read more
From June 4th to 8th, 2012, a delegation travelled to Washington and Philadelphia to study the work of Frank Speck and his relationships with Mashteuiatsh and Kitigan Zibi. The delegation visited the storage spaces of one of the project’s partner institutions, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), where they were able to Lire plus / Read more
The meeting to launch the project took place in Kitigan Zibi, at the cultural education centre, in December of 2011. The first order of business was to establish familiarity with all the members and partners of the project. Each participant brought an object representing himself or herself, as a way to begin work on the Lire plus / Read more
Preparing a large collaborative research project requires time. Starting in the spring of 2008, we gathered a many interested parties at the Musée amérindien de Mashteuiatsh to talk about aboriginal communities taking back their cultural heritage and the return of important cultural objects to communities.