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Title: "Indianness" and the fur trade: representations of Aboriginal people in two Canadian museums
Authors: Richard, Mallory Allyson
Supervisor: Brown, Jennifer (History, University of Winnipeg)
Examining Committee: Brownlie, Robin Jarvis (History) Bohr, Roland (History, University of Winnipeg) Fulford, George (Anthropology)
Graduation Date: May 2011
Keywords: Canadian History
Aboriginal History
Museum Studies
Issue Date: 28-Feb-2011
Abstract: This project examines whether recent changes to the relationships between museums and Aboriginal people are visible in the museum exhibits and narratives that shape public memory. It focuses on references to the fur trade found in the Canadian Museum of Civilization’s First Peoples Hall and Canada Hall and throughout the Manitoba Museum, using visitor studies, learning theory and an internal evaluation of the Canada Hall to determine how and what visitors learn in these settings. It considers whether display content and visual cues encourage visitors to understand the fur trade as an industry whose survival depended on the participation of Aboriginal people and whose impacts can be viewed from multiple perspectives.
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