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Holiday Hours 2013

Holiday Hours December 2013 – January 2014

The Museum of Ontario Archaeology is open Wednesday – Sunday from 10 am – 4:30 pm.

Our Holiday hours are as follows:

Open December 21 & 22

Closed December 23-26

Open December 27, 28 & 29

Closed December 30, 31, Jan 1

**** Regular hours resume January 2nd

Updating Our Brand II

Logo vote

Voting has now closed – thank you for your help!

The Museum of Ontario Archaeology (MOA) has been developing a new logo and we would like your help choosing the final version.  We have created two designs which reflect our belief that archaeology is (first and foremost) about people.

Both designs utilize the hand print as a way of bringing this focus to the forefront.  The hand print represents the people whose stories are being brought to life through archaeological research as well as everyone involved in archaeological activities.  The stylized palisade (below the left hand) connects the logo to the Lawson Village, a 16th century Neutral Iroquoian village located beside the museum.  The motif beside the right hand (on the version with two hands) is drawn from decorations found on pottery at the Lawson Village site.

The colours for both designs were drawn from the colour scheme voted most popular in an earlier poll.

As one respondent in a recent survey noted, “Images of pith helmets, fedoras and bones are iconic, but not really representative, and images of particular cultures or specific tools are too narrow to encompass all that archaeology represents.”  We have deliberately chosen a design that tries to encompass everything archaeology is about while recognizing the museum’s unique relationship with the Lawson Village site.

 

 

 

 

 

Remembrance Day

This remembrance day, let us not forget to pay tribute to First Nation veterans and current troops overseas by observing their military contributions in past wars.

The following information has been complied from Veterans Affairs Canada website: Aboriginal War Efforts.

First Nations have been an integral part to Canada’s military forces overseas and at home, sacrificing their lifestyle and their lives in the name of Freedom and Peace. It is estimated that approximately 1 in 3 First Nations people enlisted in the First World War, despite conscription that prohibited them from enlisting. Many First Nations struggled with the challenges of racial prejudice, as well as overcoming language  and cultural barriers while undergoing difficult training regimes all soldiers had to endure. Although many reasons for enlisting were similar to non-native soldiers, some natives had additional cultural motives for enlisting, such as reconnecting their spirit with their ancestor warriors, and to assume a more active, masculine role than what they could provide for their families on reserves.

In WWI, WWII, and the Korean War, Canadian First Nations were renowned for their excellent skills in infiltrating into enemy territory and sharp shooting; many became decorated war veterans for their skills and bravery. Records claim that 7000 Aboriginal Canadians enlisted in all three wars, although Aboriginal Veteran groups estimate this number is significantly higher due to records not including Inuit, Metis, and non-status Aboriginals in the statistics.

In contrast to WWI, WWII’s conscription enforced all Canadian citizens to enlist in the war. It was discovered, nonetheless, that the majority of Aboriginal Canadians already voluntarily enlisted, embracing the military traditions of their fathers and brothers. The Korean War saw less Canadian Forces participants than in the previous wars, however 26000 Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Canadians fought for South Korea’s freedom, a participation rate only surpassed by the USA and UK.

Metis-Canadian WWII Veterans unveiling the Metis Veteran Memorial at Juno Beach, 2009.
Metis-Canadian WWII Veterans unveiling the Metis Veteran Memorial at Juno Beach, 2009.

Remember to take a moment this Remembrance Day, November 11th to honour all past and current military personnel.

For more information about Aboriginal War Efforts, visit Veterans Affairs Canada.
You can also download a comprehensive PDF by VAC: A Commemorative History of Aboriginal People in the Canadian Military

– Tara U. MOA work study student.

November Palisade Newsletter

This month’s newsletter features information about our upcoming events and important information for:

November 2013 Featured Events at MOA

  • Annual First Nations Art & Craft Show and Sale November 24th
  • Vote for History in your Hands – our Aviva Community Fund project
  • Last chance to see Through the Voices of Beads exhibit (ends November 10th)
  • London Chapter OAS meeting November 14th at MOA

Click here to view the November Newsletter in PDF. Be sure to click the images and links for more information.
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November 2013 Moccasin Making Workshop

Sunday, November 10th 2013 from 9 am – 4:30 pm

– Please note this is a past workshop – You can leave us your phone and email to learn about upcoming workshops by calling 519-473-1360
Six Nations artist Marjorie Henhawk will be teaching you how to make your own pair from genuine deer hide and cozy felt. Create a pair to fit your own feet or as a gift for family/friends.

Cost: $70-$75/person. Workshop is for ages 14+ and will be held at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology.

A $15 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your spot. Advanced registration is required.

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October Palisade Newsletter

October 2013 Featured Events at MOA

Fall is upon us and brings many great events!

  • Iroquois Beadwork Exhibit continues until November 10
  • Register now for a Moccasin Making Workshop November 10
  • Celebrate Tecumseh’s bicentennial by attending various events in S-W Ontario
  • Ontario Archaeology Society meeting and symposium this month
  • Thanks to all those who made our Pow Wow successful!
  • More details by viewing our October Newsletter!

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September Palisade Newsletter

The September 2013 edition of the Palisade e-Post has been sent out.
Here’s what’s new:

  • As summer winds down, we’re gearing up for the Annual Traditional Pow Wow & Native Harvest Festival September 14 & 15th
  • Volunteer opportunities are still available for the Pow Wow event.
  • Our longhouse got a makeover! The birch bark and spruce was replaced by Larry McLeod and his crew.
  • Iroquois Bead Exhibit grand opening during the Pow Wow
  • Doors Open London/Culture Days September 28 & 29th
  • London Chapter Ontario Archaeology Society speaker series starts up again September 12th
  • New Educational Programs

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Designing a Membership Program

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How would you design a museum membership program?

At MOA, we want to improve our membership program and ensure it provides the benefits and services that people value.  Membership in our Museum should make people feel special and a part of our unique museum family.

There has been a lot of discussion about what a museum membership program should provide especially as museums are starting to focus on how to better engage their communities.   MOA’s current membership program is typical of most museums and rather than continue with the status quo, we want to create a program as unique as our museum.  Inspired by examples like the Whitney Museum of American Art which has created a “curate your own” membership program and ideas suggested by Nina Simon in her Museum 2.0 blogs that challenge museum workers to think differently, we want to design the MOA Membership Program based on the feedback we get from our community.   Knowing what experiences people want, what brings them to the museum, and what benefits mean the most to them, will allow us to create a program based not on what we think is important, but on what potential members think is important.

For us to create this program, we need your help.  Please complete our Museum Membership Survey and let us know what is important to you.  Whether you are a current member or not, your opinion is important and we’d like to hear from you.  The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete and will help us identify what would make our membership program important to you.

We want your MOA Membership to be meaningful and hope you will share your ideas about how we can achieve this.  Membership matters and with your involvement, we can create a unique program that everyone will be proud to be a part of.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas.

 

 

Board Members Wanted

The Museum of Ontario Archaeology is seeking creative and energetic Board Members.

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Do you believe museums can profoundly impact people and make a difference in the world? Are you a leader who likes building sustainable organizations? Do you enjoy solving core organizational challenges (i.e. limited resources, defining mission, governance structures, and risk management processes)?

We believe that the Museum has tremendous potential to become a place of inspiration where people can experience the excitement of discovery, come to a greater understanding of archaeology and First Nations history, and connect through shared experiences. We recognize that the Museum has some challenges to overcome, but we believe with perseverance and hard work our potential can be realized.

Affiliated with the University of Western Ontario, MOA is a registered charity that must raise 70% of its operating revenue annually. MOA is a small organization governed by a 13 member Board of Directors. Daily operations are managed by 5 staff.

The Museum of Ontario Archaeology (MOA) is looking for Board Members to strengthen our community involvement and improve our governance. We need people capable of providing leadership in fundraising, board development, strategic management, and risk management.

If this sounds like you and you want to help the Museum of Ontario Archaeology become a place where archaeology and First Nations history connects, where shared understanding and respect grows, and where meaning and community is created, we’d like to hear from you.

To receive a detailed Board Recruitment Package or get more information about MOA, please contact:

Joan Kanigan – Executive Director

Museum of Ontario Archaeology
1600 Attawandaron Road
London, ON N6G 3M6
519-473-1360
www.archaeologymuseum.ca