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Remembrance Day 2020

Remembrance Day 2020

Wednesday, November 11th 2020

Posted in: History

Remembering Three Central Albertans Eneas Makokis Eneas Makokis was born in Saddle Lake, Alberta on August 9th, 1897. From documents, we know his father's name was John, and he had a sister named Mary. Eneas was a student at the...

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The Liberation of Holland after WW2

The Liberation of Holland after WW2

Tuesday, November 10th 2020

Posted in: History

The Liberation of Holland after WW2 In the final months of the Second World War, Canadian forces were given the important and deadly task of liberating the Netherlands from Nazi occupation. From September 1944 to April 1945, the First...

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The Origin: Men's Fancy Dance

The Origin: Men's Fancy Dance

Monday, November 9th 2020

Posted in: Exhibits

Listen to Knowledge Keeper Michael Roberts who is Choctaw/Chickasaw from Ada, Oklahoma tell the story of Men’s Fancy Dance. This dance comes from the horse people. The men’s Fancy Dance is a modern fast dance...

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National Aboriginal Veterans Day

National Aboriginal Veterans Day

Sunday, November 8th 2020

Posted in: History

Today, November 8, 2020 marks National Aboriginal Veterans Day. On November 8, 1994, National Aboriginal Veterans Day was established by the federal government to honour the thousands of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis who served in the...

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Artisan Spotlight: Kendra Roan

Artisan Spotlight: Kendra Roan

Tuesday, November 3rd 2020

Posted in: Exhibits

Tansi, Kendra Penny Wikuskoskwesis Nisikason. I am Plains/Chippewa Cree-T’suu T’ina and Taos Pueblo, and I grew up in Pigeon Lake, Alberta. Powwows have given me the freedom to travel all over North America and the United...

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Artisan Spotlight: Nita McAdam

Artisan Spotlight: Nita McAdam

Monday, November 2nd 2020

Posted in: Exhibits

I’m from Big River First Nation in northern Saskatchewan and have been beading since I was twelve years old. I had to learn to make myself new beadwork; it was a coming-of-age into my teenage years that I had to learn to make my own things. I...

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Not-Historic Baking: Pennywise Cake

Not-Historic Baking: Pennywise Cake

Saturday, October 31st 2020

Posted in: Historic Baking Tips, Tricks & Interesting Bits

Making a Pennywise Cake with Karli, MAG Marketing Associate Spooky cake, perfect for Halloween! For the month of October I decided to set up some personal challenges and goals that were creative. One of those goals was to try cake...

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The Origin: Women's Traditional Dance

The Origin: Women's Traditional Dance

Monday, October 26th 2020

Posted in: Exhibits

Knowledge Keeper Sharon Baptiste of Poundmaker Cree Nation in Saskatchewan shares the story of Women’s Traditional Dance. This dance started with women of the community dancing on the outside circle protecting the men dancing within the...

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Artisan Spotlight: Alexandrea Pasquayak

Artisan Spotlight: Alexandrea Pasquayak

Monday, October 19th 2020

Posted in: Exhibits

Hello, my name is Alexandrea Aldrich/ Pasquayak. I am Santee Dakota. I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado but have been living with my husband and children in Alberta for the last ten years. I began beading at the young age of 12, so for 20...

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The Origin: Women's Fancy Dance

The Origin: Women's Fancy Dance

Tuesday, October 13th 2020

Posted in: Exhibits

Knowledge Keeper Irene Oakes of Nakeneet Cree Nation in South Western Saskatchewan shares the story and development of the Women’s Fancy Dance. A history that has its roots in the Women’s Liberation movement of the...

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Artisan Spotlight: Emery-rose Assiniboine

Artisan Spotlight: Emery-rose Assiniboine

Monday, October 5th 2020

Posted in: Exhibits

Emery-rose Assiniboine (pictured left, with family) is a Dakota and Plains Cree artist, seamstress, student and mother. She is from the Dakota Nation of Manitoba as well as the Neekaneet Cree Nation of Southern Saskatchewan. She is the founder of...

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Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day

Wednesday, September 30th 2020

Posted in: History

Today is Orange Shirt Day. September 30 is a day when we honour the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools - many of which never made it home. One student, Ellen Hart was admitted to Red Deer’s Indian Industrial...

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