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Born With A Drum

Tipi in Winning the Prairie Gamble exhibit

A new exhibit, part of our Winning the Prairie Gamble exhibit, is now open on the topic of “Education Among First Nations.” This topic was suggested by Elders at a workshop organized by the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre (SICC) and held at the WDM in Saskatoon in June 2002. Based on this guidance from First Nations Elders, SICC and WDM researchers developed a storyline upon which to base the exhibit.

Tipi in Winning the Prairie Gamble exhibit - frontA design was created by the WDM’s designer, Blair Fraser, which incorporates five strands: 1. a general introduction to First Nations education; 2. traditional learning; 3. Treaty right to education; 4. Residential schooling; and 5. the future of First Nations education. The exhibit design reflects a tipi, with artifacts, photographs, artwork, maps and information around the outside of the structure. Exhibit labels will appear in English and French. Inside, an audio-visual presentation will introduce Museum visitors to words spoken in English, French, Cree, Dené and Saulteaux.

Artifacts include a drum, a replica of a Treaty medal, dolls dressed in Residential school uniforms made by Dora Stevenson of Fort Qu’Appelle, student items from the Saskatchewan Indian Industrial Technologies and the First Nations University of Canada, and a sculpture entitled Pre-Mysteries carved in 2005 by Mervin Dieter of the Peepeekisis First Nation. Artifact cases will be designed so that artifacts can be seen from inside and outside the display structure. A large map will show First Nations linguistic groups, Treaty areas, and the First Nations in Saskatchewan.

The Exhibit Title: Born With A Drum
In a 1993 publication, A Dené Perspective, we read Among the Dené, it is said the child is born with a drum in its hand. This reflected the Elders’ wisdom shared at the workshop in 2002 and so it was chosen as the exhibit title.

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Resources and programs about First Nations education are available.