Study trip to Chicago, from October 19 to 23, 2015

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

Conference at LEO, March 12, 2015

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

The elders of the Tshishelnuatsh Council visit museums

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 4th annual meeting: British Columbia 2014

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.

Conference of the ACFAS, may 2014

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

Filming the “Young transmitters” program at Pointe-Racine, May 2014

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

Audio archiving workshop in Mashteuiatsh in the spring of 2014

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

Case Study : the Haida Gwaii drum box

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. Samantha presented a paper she authored with Julian Whittam, entitled “In the spirit Lire plus / Read more

Visit to the Field Museum in Chicago, November 2013

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

3rd annual meeting, Kitigan Zibi, September 30th to October 2nd, 2013

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

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 Lire plus / Read more

Colloquium at the annual ACFAS, May 2013

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

Week of Inventory and Training at Kitigan Zibi, April 2013

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 second annual meeting in Mashteuiatsh, November 2012

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

Research and acquaintance trip, June 2012

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 first annual meeting in Kitigan Zibi, December 2011

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

Preparatory meetings : Mashteuiatsh 2008-2010

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.