Mi’kmaw Collections

Elders and staff have been welcomed warmly by institutions such as the National Museum of American Indian, Washington DC, USA. During a trip in the spring of 2012, Elder Lillian Marshall was encouraged to review the collections stacks at the Cultural Resources Center, an NMAI collections facility in Suitland, Maryland.

Over the past five years, the Elders’ Advisory Council and Mi’kmawey Debert staff have visited various Mi’kmaw collections that are being held nationally and internationally at the Canadian Museum of Civilization (Gatineau PQ), the National Museum of American Indian, Smithsonian Institution (Washington DC), and the Nova Scotia Museum (Halifax NS).

When we visit collections, we photograph and discuss the objects, and record any historical notes. Ultimately, this process of engaging our Elders and communities is a powerful way to reflect on and explore our history and culture.

MDCC staff have been visiting the Nova Scotia Museum in Halifax for many years, reviewing its ethnographic and archaeological collections. In the spring of 2012, staff were able to share what they have learned with the MDCC Elders’ Advisory Council, and to hear from the Elders what is important about these collections. Such sharing fosters knowledge and also allows us to identify further research questions and goals.

MDCC staff have been visiting the Nova Scotia Museum in…

Below is a small sample of what we have learned from various collections. This slideshow will grow and expand as staff time allows. Come back soon to see more!

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