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 Zibi’s objects are being exhibited at the Musée amérindien de Mashteuiatsh (Mashteuiatsh Aboriginal Museum) while the objects from Mashteuiatsh are being exhibited at the Kitigan Zibi Cultural Education Centre.
Kitigan Zibi has chosen to display a necklace and some pink pearl earrings, made by Joni Marie Ferguson, near the end of the 1980s, a drum made by Nick Ottawa and painted by Dean Ottawa in 1999, as well as some decorative moose-paw vases made by Florence McConini.
Mashteuiatsh lent a crooked knife, mukutakan,made by Henri Dominique in 2007, a portaging belt, miuteiapi,made by Catherine Manigouche-Xavier in 1990, as well as a drawing entitled My Ancestors, made with charcoal pencil and India ink by Denis Blacksmith in 1993.
The objects are being exhibited at Kitigan Zibi andMashteuiatsh for the entire duration of the project. It is also possible that they will subsequently be exhibited in other places. To be continued!
Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the Université de Montréal, Vincent subsequently carried out undergraduate studies in Law at McGill University. After being admitted to the Bar, he worked as a researcher for the Quebec Court of Appeal. Under Benoît Moore’s supervision, he is currently completing a Master’s degree in the Faculty of Law at the Université de Montréal, about the government’s civic responsibility. Interested in various areas of public law, in this project, Vincent will concentrate on different questions related to the legal framework of the repatriation of cultural materials.
Jean-Denis Gill was General Director of the Musée amérindien de Mashteuiatsh (Mashteuiatsh Aboriginal Museum) from February 2102 to January 2014 and Assistant Director of the Société d’histoire et d’archéologie de Mashteuiatsh (Mashteuiatsh Historical and Archeological Society) until June 2014. After obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the Université Laval, he was Project agent and Economic Development agent for Masteuiatsh’s Société de Développement Économique Ilnu (SDEI) (Illnu Economic Development Society), then General Director of the Corporation Médiatique Teuehikan (Teuehikan Media Corporation), the organization which runs CHUK 107.3, Mashteuiatsh’s community radio station. He also sat on the board at Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean’s Conférence régionale des élus (CRÉ) (Regional Conference of elected delegates) and was President of the Conseil régional de la culture du Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean (Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean’s Regional Council on Culture) from June 2010 to June 2014. Since September 2014, he has been interim research sector manager at the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission.
Filipa is a Master’s student in Art History at the Université de Montréal. In the past, she worked as a forestry technician in far off regions, for the Ministry of Natural Resources, an experience that has made her very sensitive to the question of territory. Filipa also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University and a translation certificate from McGill University. For the project, she proofreads texts for the updating of the website.
Annie studied at McGill University, where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with a minor in Art History. She is currently completing a Master’s degree in Museology at the Université de Montréal. Since the very beginning of her studies, she has been interested in relationships between museums and First Nations people, access to collections, ethical practices in museum storerooms and the influence of source communities on conservation. As part of the research group, Annie updates the website and participates in the inventory project concerning Mashteuiatsh and Kitigan Zibi’s dispersed heritage.
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 future projects.
The participants have the possibility to arrive on Monday and get together for dinner at the biology field-station. On Tuesday, the day will be marked by a word of welcome and by workshops. Work meetings will continue on Wednesday all day. The event will end in the evening with a dinner.
A more detailed summary of the annual meeting will be available after the event will have taken place.
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. Thanks to their rich life experiences, they are able to document these objects, by recounting their making, their use and the stories associated with them.
A conference on aboriginal heritage will be co-organized by the Nika-Nishk Project and Ok8api, the aboriginal circle of Université de Montréal.
The event will take place in the Carrefour des arts et des sciences, room C-3061, Pavillon Lionel-Groulx, Université de Montréal. Please note that the conference will be in French. More details on the conference content to come. Date of the event to come.
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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 also performed a purification ceremony and Misko McGregor sang and drummed an honour song, accompanied by the drum.
This meeting looked back on the project’s accomplishments since November 2012. Attendees were updated on progress on exhibitions, repatriation and the project’s website. Two workshops were held during the meeting. One dealt with integrating language into the project and the other dealt with documentation and conservation, particularly concerning what information can be disseminated, according to the community’s needs.
Laurie Decontie from Kitigan Zibi and Monique Verreault from Mashteuiatsh made presentations on the importance of language, in their respective communities. Doctor Rongo H. Wetere and his wife, Marcia Krawll, were also invited to this meeting. Doctor Wetere is the founder of Te Wananga o Aotearoa, a Maori university in New Zealand. He is also the director of the Arrowmight Canada Foundation. He spoke about an arts mentoring program for young Maoris. Suzy Basile, from the Assembly of First Nations Quebec and Labrador, spoke about research protocols for indigenous communities and the importance of finding fair ways to share the benefits of research projects between researchers and First Nations people.
Tuesday night, the community of Kitigan Zibi welcomed attendees to the Kikinamadinan school for a traditional community supper, organized in collaboration with the local broomball team. Élise Dubuc, Anita Tenasco and Jean-Denis Gill explained the project to community members. Students from Kitigan Zibi presented the videos they had made during their trip to Washington, last August, and Julian Whittam and Jean-Denis Gill presented photos summarizing the trip to Washington made by students from the Kassinu Mamu Secondary School, in Mashteuiatsh.
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 Kassinu Mamu Secondary School, in Mashteuiatsh. Six students and four cultural transmitters spent three days at the Point-Racine site, the traditional gathering place where, every spring, the Ilnuatsh celebrate the arrival of geese.
Around five in the morning, on May 6th, the CURA team left with several youth and three cultural transmitters to record the goose hunt, near a small river close to Dolbeau. After three hours of hunting, two geese were killed. The group returned to the camp where craft-making activities were taking place. The youth made dream-catchers and did some embroidery.
Near the end of the afternoon, all the youth, including those who hadn’t participated in the hunt, worked on processing the geese. Maxime and a cultural transmitter travelled by canoe to check on the beaver traps that had been set earlier. The day ended with a beaver, which had been caught in the traps, being brought back to the camp.