Beyond Inclusion – Decolonising through Self-Representation in Eeyou Istchee

This blog post is based on text from a poster that we submitted to the Museum Ethnographers Group (UK) conference in April 2018. Beyond Inclusion – Decolonising through Self-Representation in Eeyou Istchee Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute [ACCI] opened in 2011, after decades of planning by Eeyou Elders and community members. Located in Ouje-Bougoumou, ACCI is …

Preparing for Siikun in Eeyou Istchee

Preparing for Siikun in Eeyou Istchee by Annie Bosum, with Elder Eva Bosum  Spring in the bush offers many activities including the move to a new camp. I learned this from my uncle and aunt, George and Eva Bosum (Photo 1), who always demonstrated a love of the land as our ancestors did before them.  …

The trail of the Rabbit Fur Coat

One of the most exciting things that happened with our museum collection in the last few months was the amazing reunification of an object with the family of the maker. In May 2015, ACCI hosted a Curatorial workshop lead by Moira McCaffrey, and one of the attendees was Linda Stewart Georgekish from Wemindji. At this …

ACCI at IILF! (The 9th International Indigenous Librarians Forum 2015) by Annie Bosum, ACCI Librarian

I participated as a poster presenter at the 9th International Indigenous Librarians Forum held at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, August 4-7, 2015.  The delegates came from many places around the world: New Zealand, Australia, Vancouver, Saskatchewan, Quebec, and Ontario, to name a few.   One of the buildings, University of Manitoba DAY 1: …

ACCI Collections Staff on the Road

ACCI Collections Staff on the Road! Written by Sharon Vance – Registrar On July 1st2015, intrepid collections team members Laura Phillips and Sharon Vance set out for the Cree community of Waskaganish armed with Sharpies and Olfa knives.    The Mission: As part of a larger collaboration and training partnership with the Waskaganish Cultural Department, …

Farewell to our Summer Students!

It was a great summer here at Aanischaaukamikw, and we couldn’t have done it without them! We had two new additions this year – Abigail Mianscum joined the collections team, as did, Roxanne Bosum-Mianscum, in the Education & Interpretation department. Returning again for another year here at Aanischaaukamikw, was Tania Lariviere. These young women had …

ACCI Collection Officer, Paula Menarick @ Otsego!

ACCI Collection Officer, Paula Menarick @ Otsego!  It was a privilege to attendthe 2015 Otsego Institute for Native North American Art History summer seminars in Cooperstown, New York. We focused on connoisseurship of materials and the theorization of materiality.  What is the Otsego Institute?                 “The Otsego Institute for Native American Art History was founded …