Until February 6, 2011
Remarkable Artifacts and Works of Art

>Knife and Sheath, Silver Ear Pendants, Pouch
Knife and Sheath, Silver Ear Pendants, Pouch Canadian Museum of Civilization
Profit and Ambition features about 250 artifacts and works of art. Among the many notable items are trade goods — such as muskets, metal tools, jewellery and ornaments — and articles of Aboriginal and European clothing.

The exhibition also features original North West Company documents such as partnership agreements, voyageur contracts and account books.

An especially treasured object is a very rare first edition of Alexander Mackenzie’s published journal, which has been restored by the Museum, and a a collection of birchbark canoes including our largest object, a 10-metre-long Montréal Canoe.

Works of art include paintings by Frances Anne Hopkins, an extraordinary English woman who recorded iconic scenes of the fur trade. Also featured are paintings from the early nineteenth century by Swiss-born Peter Rindisbacher, Western Canada’s first resident professional artist.

The Canadian Fur Trade, 1779–1821 Profit and Ambition