A big hello to all BC Schools, Principals, Teachers, PACs, Event Coordinators, and Students,
Yay! The summer is here!
I would like to thank all those who I was invited Myself and the Mobile Museum to present during this past year at all the public and private BC Schools.
I would also like to thank all the Principals, PACs and everyone else that made 2017-18 school year a very busy one for myself and the BC Mobile Museum Tours.
What an amazing year it was presenting at events during “Cultural days” at Langley Centennial Museum, “Collingwood Days” in Vancouver and to students and staff in over 50 different public and private schools throughout the Lower Mainland including areas as far away as Lytton, Lillooet and Salmon Arm.
I am also looking forward to presenting once again in 2018-19 with tours currently being booked throughout the lower mainland and other BC communities.
There are many dates remaining available but I recommend that you book your event or school presentation date(s) early to ensure your preferred month and time.
Contact me directly at 778-386-3110 or visit the www.Mobilemuseum.ca website for more information, pricing and booking availability.
Tony Hardie/BC History Presenter
“Honoured to be presenting the BC Mobile Museum on the Traditional Territory of the Katzie, Kwantlen, Kwikwetlem, Musqueam, Nlaka’pamux, Qayqayt, Secwepemc, Squamish, Semiahmoo, St’at’mic, Stó:lō, Tsawwassen, & Tsleil-Wauthuth Nations”
As a Basket collector I have always admired the weaving of the Pacific Northwest.
You can only imagine how excited I am to have recently found out one of my Great Grandma’s baskets is on display in a Museum of Master Works right here in BC!My wife and I and few of my baskets on display Grandma Christine This basket is currently displayed at MOA at UBC
Pretty cool to find this on display! It was part of a collection of baskets and donated to the MOA several years ago.
I was excited to share this one I have (pictured below) with MOA staff member recently. We compared the similarities with the basket they have displayed currently in the Gallery of Northwest Coast Masterworks.Inherited basket woven by Christine
It is displayed with some of the greatest First Nation artists work of all time! It is currently labeled as Stolo? with Artist unknown.
My Great Grandma Christine made both of those amazing baskets! I look forward to the day when it is properly represented as Secwepemc and attributed to my Great Grandma Christine.
It has been wonderful to make this connectionI left behind a copy of this wonderful book with the curator to keep with the basket they have
I am currently weaving cedar baskets and hats myself. I am finding it to be a very therapeutic, grounding and a wonderful way to connect to the many gifts from the tree of life.
It is a way to connect to your ancestors. There is a close connection to my Great Grandma I also feel when working with cedar I can not explain in words… Happy weaving to all 🙂
Anyone wishing to learn traditional Haida weaving can drop in and learn from Todd Giihlgiigaa DeVries on Tuesday evenings from 5pm – 7:30pm learning how to make bracelets, headbands, small round baskets, small square baskets, coffee coasters, miniture hats, or start a project of your own. $5 per hour or $10 an evening. Add $5 if you need cut cedar bark. All interested are welcome! Address is 887 Keefer in Vancouver
A few pictures from the Salmon Arm Shuswap Middle school presentations.
I just wanted to express how grateful I am for the knowledge and weaving instruction Todd Giihlgiigaa DeVries provided myself, my wife and some of our friends as well as the many others at his public drop in weaving classes held in Vancouver on Tuesday nights.
For me it has truly been a way for me to connect with my ancestors. I feel my Great Grandmother the master Secwepemc weaver Christine Hardie herself smiling down on me when I am working with the sacred cedar tree bark.
It is a connection to the creator and the earth. It is very grounding and therapeutic. It is truly the tree of life, and learning this first hand has made my presentations so much more authentic and engaging. It is amazing to teach of this wonderful Superstore of a tree and our ancestors ways of creating so many items and products from her.
Haw’aa my friend, I am forever grateful for this amazing gift you shared with me that I now share with students and teachers on the BC Artifacts Mobile Museum Tours.
BC ARTIFACTS MOBILE MUSEUM 2018
Four Direction Eagle Design Logo
The Mobile Museum logo and brand is changing… I would like to respectfully thank Ernie Adams Nlakapamux Artist of the Lytton First Nation for the original Salish Eagle logo design used since 2014.
This is the new 2018 brand/logo and was created by Joe Wilson of the kwakwaka’wakw Nation specifically for the BC Artifacts Mobile Museum.
This eagle design used expresses the unity and common elements shared by the First Nations of the BC North(left), The BC West(bottom) and Kwakwaka’wakw(right) and the Salish(Top).
It also depicts the 4 directions and the central connection we share. Each of the eagles were created in traditional form and are culturally correct to each region, respectfully representing the 4 different indigenous art styles.
The Mobile Museum continues to respectfully share many coastal and interior BC First Nations art, tool technologies, culture and territory information from these areas as well as BC pioneer, gold rush and fur trade history in the presentations. This is why this is such a wonderful design and logo for the BCAMM.
I sincerely thank Joe R Wilson Namgis Artist of the kwakwaka’wakw Nation for his idea, concept and the creation of this image as well as the time he volunteered creating it.
The Mobile Museum is excited to add two of these three Lower Columbia River Chinook/Salish First Nation style replica knives created by Steve Alley 2018 to the mobile Museum educational displays and tours.
The middle one with the maple handle is probably the most accurate example with classic Tsagiglalal, “She Who Watches” motif carving still looks out across the Columbia River from the basalt cliff where she was painted by Chinookan People somewhere between the years 1700 and 1840. The other two knives have yew wood handles and traditional agate blades.
Chinookan peoples include several groups of indigenous First Nations people of the Pacific Northwest in the United States who speak the Chinookan languages. In the early 19th century, the Chinookan-speaking peoples resided along the Lower and Middle Columbia River from the river’s gorge downstream to the river’s mouth, and along adjacent portions of the coasts, from Tillamook Bay of present-day Oregon in the south, north to Willapa Bay in southwest Washington. In 1805 the Lewis and Clark Expedition encountered the Chinook tribe on the lower Columbia. The name ″Chinook″ came from a Chehalis word Tsinúk for the inhabitants of and a particular village site on Baker Bay.
Big thank you goes to Jonathan Rowan, Tlingit Naalx carver from Klawock, Alaska for this amazing functional Halibut Hook donation to the Mobile Museum!
It will be great to share your halibut hook, fishing culture, and pictures of Thomas with students in BC.
This amazing functional artistic traditional creation depicts a Singing Shamam with Cockle Shell Rattles in a Spirit Canoe made from an Octopus and Frog.
Traditional Tlingit Naalx style, made from Yellow Cedar, Yew Wood, with Moose Leg Bone barb. Bound with Seine Twine and Gangion.
Catching up with an age-old tradition from Haida Gwaii Observer
Study traces change over time of hand-carved Northwest Coast halibut hooks.
The Mobile Museum will be presenting at the 2017 BCSSTA Conference on October 20, 2017 For more info: https://bcsstaconference.ca/index.php…
Sunday, October 1 12:00 – 3:00pm Museum Program Room Join BC History presenter Tony Hardie as he shares his knowledge, engaging personal history, and extensive collection of authentic BC Pioneer, First Nations, Gold Rush, and Fur Trade artifacts. Ask questions, view, and touch rare artifacts (and expertly crafted replicas)… while learning more about the history of this province and its people. mobilemuseum.ca
See You There!