Voices of the Past.Experience ways of life dating back thousands of years. Listen to the voices of the past and present. Travel through space and time at one of the many museums in Canada devoted to aboriginal history. A few suggestions:
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Traditional communal dwelling of the Iroquois Indians until the 19th century. The longhouse was a rectangular box built out of poles, with doors at each end and saplings stretched over the top to form the roof, the whole structure being covered with bark. , learn about potlatch potlatch (pŏt`lăch'), ceremonial feast of the natives of the NW coast of North America, entailing the public distribution of property. ceremonies and visit beautifully carved totem poles and a life-sized model Haida village at the UBC UBC Uniform Building Code
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* Explore thousands of years of prehistory prehistory, period of human evolution before writing was invented and records kept. The term was coined by Daniel Wilson in 1851. It is followed by protohistory, the period for which we have some records but must still rely largely on archaeological evidence to , from an ancient bison kill site to a northern fishing camp to medicine wheels and a spectacular sun-dance ceremony, at the Provincial Museum of Alberta in Edmonton. A story of survival and triumph is brought to vivid life in the museum's immense Syncrude Gallery of Aboriginal Culture, thanks to recorded voices, video, aboriginal interpreters, more than 3,000 artefacts and cutting-edge computer technology (780/453-9100 or www.pma.edmonton.ab.ca).
* Relive a time when people followed the great buffalo herds, when preparing food and shelter meant pounding berries and meat and scraping hides for tepees. The Luxton Museum of the Plains Indian in Banff reveals the extraordinary history of the Indians of the Northern Plains and Canadian Rockies, a culture rich in elaborate ceremonies, dances, songs and legends associated with nature and the spirit world (403/762-2388 or collections.ic.gc.ca/luxton).
* In Regina, experience 10,000 years of human history at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum's awesome First Nations Gallery. Listen to elders speak about respect for the land and its resources, visit a tepee tepee or tipi (both: tē`pē), typical dwelling of Native North Americans living on the Great Plains. It was usually made by arranging tent poles into a conical frame and spreading skins, usually buffalo hide, tightly over encampment in early winter and learn about the excitement and hard work of a bison kill (306/787-2815 or www.royalsaskmuseum.ca).
* Explore the remarkable lives of trappers and traders in the new Hudson's Bay Company Hudson's Bay Company, corporation chartered (1670) by Charles II of England for the purpose of trade and settlement in the Hudson Bay region of North America and for exploration toward the discovery of the Northwest Passage to Asia. Gallery at the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature in Winnipeg. Spanning three centuries of the company's history, the gallery's vibrant tableaux and historical relics paint a picture of early commerce and exploration. A stunning collection of aboriginal, Metis Metis (mē`tĭs), in astronomy, one of the 39 known moons, or natural satellites, of Jupiter.
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* Marvel at the world's largest and finest collection of totem poles in the Grand Hall of the Canadian Museum of civilization The Canadian Museum of Civilization (CMC) is Canada’s national museum of human history and the most-visited museum in the country. It is located in Gatineau, Quebec, directly across the Ottawa River from Canada’s Parliament Buildings. in Hull. Then visit the First Peoples Hall, a magnificent exhibition gallery devoted to celebrating the cultural, historical and artistic accomplishments of aboriginal peoples in Canada Aboriginal people in Canada are Peoples recognized in the Canadian Constitution Act, 1982, sections 25 and 35, respectively as Indians, Métis, and Inuit. It also refers to self-identification of Aboriginal Peoples who live within Canada, but who have not chosen to accept the (1-800-555-5621 or www.civilization.ca).
* Learn about ancient ways of life, arts, cultures and traditions through the McCord Museum's outstanding collection of First Nations objects. This Montreal museum - located right in the heart of the city -- possesses some 13,000 aboriginal artefacts, from clothing and accessories to tools and hunting weaponry (514/398-7100 or www.mccord-museum.qc.ca).
Close to Nature
Outdoor museums dedicated to aboriginal history allow visitors to experience first-hand the lifestyle of another era. Here are some good bets:
* The Secwepemc Museum and Heritage Park, a full-scale reconstruction of a traditional Shuswap Nation winter village in KAMLOOPS, features traditional dwellings, the remains of a 2,000-year-old village and exhibits of clothing and implements (250/828-9801 or www.secwepemc.org).
* Set in a peaceful valley near SASKATOON Saskatoon (săskətn`), city (1991 pop. 186,058), S central Sask., Canada, on the South Saskatchewan River. , Wanuskewin Heritage Park For the electoral district, see .
Wanuskewin Heritage Park is a non-profit internationally-recognized award-winning interpretive centre that reflects First Nations culture, history, and values. is laced with self-guided trails that link 19 archaeological sites indicating some 6,000 years of Northern Plains Indian habitation, from buffalo jumps to tepee rings (306/931-6767 or www.wanuskewin.com).
* The rich history of the Tr'ondek Hwech'in First Nation is passed on in a variety of innovative ways at the new Tr'ondek Hwech'in Cultural Centre in DAWSON CITY (1-800-789-8566 or www.touryukon.com).