Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
A government of Canada website that deals with many topics that are concerned with Aboriginal relations with the Federal government. It includes a section on Aboriginal art that provides resources about Aboriginal artists and a resource centre in Gatineau Quebec. There is a small online gallery that is representative of the work in the AANDC’s art gallery.
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A resource database that describes itself as an educational resource to disseminate information about and for indigenous people around the world. The database is divided up into many subcategories that include education and art. The website also hosts sites related to Indigenous peoples including one that has resources for the Ioway, Otoe-Missouria, whose last fluent elder had passed away. The site states that it wants to use the resources to assist younger generations who wish to learn about their language and culture.
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Native Tech: Contemporary Issues about Native American Art
A collection of Annotated links to articles concerning issues in native American art. The website looks at authenticity, consumer information, legislation and repatriation of native American art. The website itself as a resource for indigenous ethno-technology focusing on the Eastern Woodland native people
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Represent:Native American Identity and Authenticity
A blog post that that challenges the view of native authenticity based on appearance. The post links to a series of videos called Represent by the group 1491s. The videos show young native people in everyday situations expressing their culture. In one video a young native women begins traditional dancing while folding her laundry.
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Norval Morrisseau Legal
A blog by Ritchie Sinclair, who describes himself as a Morrisseau protege, that details the lawsuits filed on behalf of those pressing the claim that there are many Norval Morrisseau counterfeit paintings. Some of the lawsuits are filed against the hosts of the websites Morrisseau hoax exposed and the Norval Morrisseau blog. This appears to be a blog that is used to publicize the counterclaims to the other Morrisseau websites.
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The Morrisseau hoax exposed blog
A strong polemic by John Goldi on the hoax that many of Morrisseau’s paintings are forgeries. The site details through documents, videos, timelines a complex story of the attempt of art dealers to raise the value of some of Morrisseau work by calling into question the authenticity of many of his later work.
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Canada’s Historic Places
This site administered by Parks Canada gives information about Petroglyphs Provincial Park outside Peterborough Ontario. It is the largest known concentration of Aboriginal rock carvings in Canada. They are called the “teaching rocks”. I remember taking a day trip there with my classmates from teacher’s college. It would make an easy day trip from Toronto with a class.
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Ainu Association of Hokkaido
The Ainu are the indigenous people of Northern Japan on the island of Hokkaido and parts of Russia. Throughout their history they have struggled with assimilation into Japanese culture and discrimination. They were not officially recognized as an indigenous people until 1997. It would be interesting to compare their experience with assimilation to that of indigenous people of North America.
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Norval Morrisseau Blog
The Norval Morrisseau Blog is dedicated to Woodland Cree Artist, Norval Morrisseau. A good deal of the site deals with the controversy over the authenticity of many pieces of his work. It is a sad story as to how traditional indigenous culture can be exploited. I had the opportunity to see many of his painting at the NimKee Gallery in M’Chigeegn. It was incredible to see use of contrasting colour in his work transform in the light at dusk.
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Aboriginal Virtual Science Fair
Aboriginal Virtual Science Fair is a science fair competition open to aboriginal students with the objective of developing an interest in science and validating indigenous people’s knowledge.
The winners of the science fair have their projects posted on a video in their site. One project tries to find whether the three sisters: corn, beans and squash grow better separate or together.
The past projects would be interesting to share with students involved in a science fair at school, to show connections to traditional indigenous knowledge.
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