Museum Alive! Open House
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Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre Opening Exhibit of Pihuaqtiuyugut: We Are the Long Distance Walkers

YELLOWKNIFE (September 19, 2008) – Please join the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC) on September 21st from 2:00 to 4:00 pm for the opening of its latest exhibit, Pihuaqtiuyugut: We are the long distance walkers. The exhibit will be on display at the PWNHC from September 21 to the end of February 2009.This exhibit comes from the Ulukhaktok Literacies Project, a collaboration of the NWT Literacy Council, the University of Lethbridge, the Inuvialuit Cultural Resource Centre, and the people of Ulukhaktok. These groups joined together to learn about the land routes and literacies of the Kangiryuarmiut (the Inuit of Prince Albert Sound, Victoria Island). The land route studied was used by the Kangiryuarmiut to travel from the sea ice inland to caribou calving grounds. Along the way, the people used multiple literacies: they marked the land with stone formations; they read the weather; they told stories; performed dances and songs; and created clothing and art.

“I’ve always been really excited about this project because I’ve learned so much from it,” said Emily Kudlak, community researcher for the Inuvialuit Cultural Resource Centre. “We’ve been able to document the knowledge that our Elders hold about our language, and the literacies that go along with our language and culture. It helps us to understand our own literacies. This is important information that we can now pass on to the next generation.”

“This exhibit is a great opportunity for people to retrace the footsteps of our elders and experience life as they did,” said Jackson Lafferty, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment. “I encourage residents to come and see this important cultural display.”

Visitors can follow the route and learn traditional names of places along the way, or read elders’ recollections of traditional activities. Artwork from Ulukhaktok depicting the region, and traditional tools and cultural materials will be on display. Traditional drum dance clothing is on loan from the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

Come out to the PWNHC on September 21st between 2:00 and 4:00 pm for the opening event for Pihuaqtiuyugut: We are the long distance walkers. The event will feature live drum songs, and interactive activities like string games, printmaking, and sewing felt cut-outs with artists from the region. Refreshments will be available.

For more information, please contact:

Shawn McCann
Manager of Public Affairs
Education, Culture and Employment
(867) 920-6222

Artistic diversity of Northern women
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Seeing the forest for the trees

Daron Letts
Northern News Services
Published Friday, July 18, 2008

SOMBA K’E/YELLOWKNIFE – As a child growing up in Scotland, Sheila Hodgkinson filled her sketchbooks with drawings of log cabins, fir trees and other Northern motifs.

This month the Yellowknife painter is showcasing about 30 works in acrylic and oil that explore her 35-years of artistry in the subarctic. The series of paintings, titled Winter in the Boreal Forest: Dog Walking Notes, is on display until September at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre.

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Museum Alive! Open House
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Tsiigehtchic Steppe Bison Discovery Update

Yellowknife (June 27, 2008) – In September of 2007, Tsiigehtchic resident Shane Van Loon discovered animal remains unlike any he had seen before eroding from the side of a hill beside the Arctic Red River.The remains were of a steppe bison, which became extinct at the end of the last Ice Age about 10,000 years ago. Steppe bison were much larger relatives of modern bison, the Tsiigehtchic steppe bison has a horn-span of about 1 meter across. In addition to being the first undisturbed discovery of a steppe bison in the Northwest Territories (NWT), the remains are exciting because they were well-preserved by the permafrost of the area, and include soft tissues that are not often intact in remains of that age.

“The Tsiigehtchic steppe bison is one of the most interesting fossil discoveries made in the Northwest Territories. It will allow us to better understand what it was like here when glaciers first disappeared from the land.” said Tom Andrews, NWT Territorial Archaeologist with the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC).

Earlier this spring, Mr. Van Loon provided the remains to the PWNHC. The Tsiigehtchic steppe bison is now preserved in Department of Environment and Natural Resources cold storage under the professional care and observation of the PWNHC.

The PWNHC, a division of the Department of Education, Culture and Employment, is developing a plan for study and preservation of the remains and for educating Northerners about the discovery, in consultation with the community of Tsiigehtchic and the Gwich’in Social and Cultural Institute.

Yukon Palaeontologist Dr. Grant Zazula and biologist Dr. Beth Shapiro of Pennsylvania State University, an expert on steppe bison, have both provided advice and expertise on the Tsiigehtchic steppe bison and continue to work with PWNHC to develop the research and study plan surrounding the discovery.

Images of the bison head are available to the media on request.

For more information, contact:

Shawn McCann
Manager, Public Affairs
Education, Culture and Employment
Tel: (867) 920-6222

Artistic diversity of Northern women
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Printing their way to Scotland

Adam Johnson
Northern News Services
Monday, April 23, 2007

Both Harrison and Renwick were on hand at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife Sunday to present another arm of their project in the North: Culture-Baseline-Home.

The printmaking exhibit stemmed from Renwick’s architectural studies in Gameti, combining heavily layered architectural drawings with traditional imagery to create striking results.

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We Live Securely by the Land
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The Dene in Edinburgh

by Clare-Estelle Daitch and Thomas D. Andrews
Ornamentum, April 2007

When visiting the National Museums Scotland in 2000, Rosa Mantla, a Tłı̨chǫ teacher and education administrator, was surprised to find objects from her people dating back more than a century, some of which, like spruce root baskets, she had never seen before. Part of the National Museums Scotland Athapaskan collection, the Dene objects were collected in the 1850s and 60s. Since 2000, the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC), the National Museums Scotland (NMS), the Visual Research Centre at the University of Dundee and the Tłı̨chǫ Government have collaborated on creating a travelling exhibit of selected items from the NMS Athapaskan collection. The exhibit, Dè T’a Hoti Ts’eeda / We Live Securely by the Land recently opened at the PWNHC in Yellowknife, NWT and presents 40 objects chosen by Tłı̨chǫ elders.

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