Visiting Halifax’s Museum of Natural History

Today Tonet and I visited the Museum of Natural History here in Halifax. There were three exhibits I wanted to see before they end.

This Is What I Wish You Knew is a collection of contemporary Indigenous carvings on clay tiles that was stunning.

The tiles presented in this exhibit form part of a tile exposition at the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre titled, “This Is What I Wish You Knew,” which explores Indigenous self-identity. Fifty community members from the urban aboriginal community in Halifax carved and painted their personal stories onto rectangular clay tiles. The project builds upon recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of 2015, which documented the history and legacy of Canada’s Residential School System. The fundamental theme behind the tiles communicates the diversity, strength and courage of our Indigenous population in the Halifax region.

Siawa’sik is a showcase of Mi’kmaq artifacts and explores how . The items on display were fascinating and surprising.

Siawa’sik is an exhibition curated by the students of the Indigenous Exhibition Methodologies class at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD). As a part of the class, we were tasked with researching Indigenous material culture in the collection of the Nova Scotia Museum. This exhibition represents a culmination of this research. Siawa’sik seeks to challenge the pervasive historical narrative of ‘The Vanishing Indian’ and instead highlights the resilience of Mi’kmaq communities and cultures which still thrive today. A focus throughout our research has been the changes in arts and crafts processes, often as a result of contact and collaboration with colonial cultures.

The other exhibit was Dinosaurs Unearthed, which showcased some impressive animatronic dinosaurs. Some even had fur and feathers.

The awe-inspiring stories of prehistoric earth are unfolding at the Museum of Natural History with the arrival of Dinosaurs Unearthed – an immersive exhibition that features dynamic scenes of life-size, lifelike animatronic dinosaurs, full-scale skeletons and fossils from around the world. The experience presents two stirring tales of large-scale excavation sites from opposite sides of the globe and reveals secrets about life on earth, millions of years ago.

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