at the Canadian Museum of Civilization
March 1 to 7, 2010
Activities are free with Museum admission unless otherwise indicated.
First Nation Creations
Monday, March 1
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
First Peoples Hall
Join Métis guest, Pauline Brook, in the First Peoples Hall and create a traditional Aboriginal “talking” feather. The founder of the Aboriginal Resources Council wants to share her knowledge of Aboriginal cultures and traditions with youth and adults of all nations. She believes all peoples can live peacefully together by respecting and recognizing our different cultures’ diversity and sharing our similarities so that we all benefit and develop.
Colours of the Fur Trade — Adventures in Weaving and Carving
March 2 and 3
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Special Exhibitions Gallery E
Learn about the techniques involved in weaving a “ceinture fléchée” (a colourful traditional French-Canadian sash) and in woodcarving; then give it a try yourself! Jean-Marc Côté has been weaving “ceintures fléchées” for 30 years! Working in the National Capital Region, he is also the president of the Association of ceinture fléchée of Lanaudière. Yves Gagnon is a real wood carver, with a knife his only tool. Come and meet them both!
Thursday, March 4
11 a.m. (English) and 2 p.m. (French)
The Métis group Northern Voices will have you dancing to the beat of the voyageur drum. Following their performance, enjoy demonstrations of Métis bead and leather work and meet the members of Northern Voices — David Finkle, Pauline Brook and George Ducharme. Their music, sung in English, French and Aboriginal languages, is made up of original pieces, contemporary songs and Celtic and Aboriginal traditional music.
The Sweetest Embrace: Return to Afghanistan
Thursday, March 4
Performance at 5 p.m. and film screening at 7 p.m.
The Canadian Museum of Civilization, in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), invites you to free screenings of a documentary from the NFB collection The Many Faces of Afghanistan (2009). The film will be preceded by a performance of traditional Afghan music by Mushfiq Hashimi, and an opportunity to visit the exhibition AFGHANISTAN: Hidden Treasures. The film The Sweetest Embrace: Return to Afghanistan tells the moving story of two Afghan schoolboys, Soorgul and Amir, who became stranded in Tajikistan after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Following 16 years in exile, and after coming to Canada as refugees, the young men return to Afghanistan in search of their families. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion