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MOA’s new logo

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The Museum of Ontario Archaeology’s logo reflects our belief that archaeology is (first and foremost) about people.

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 represents our connection to the Lawson Village, a 16th century Neutral Iroquoian village located beside the museum.  Together the palisade and the hand print represent the people who lived in this place, MOA’s responsibility to steward and protect the site, and the people who continue to draw meaning and value from their ongoing connection to the history of this place.

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.

The logo is designed to work effectively in both colour and in black & white.  The colours represent energy, excitement, and adventure.

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January 2014 Moccasin Making Workshop

Back by popular demand, the Museum of Ontario Archaeology is hosting another Moccasin Making Workshop. Register now for this unique opportunity to make your own pair of moccasins!

Sunday, January 19th 2014 from 9 am – 4:30 pm

Six Nations artist Marjorie Henhawk will be teaching you how to make your own pair from genuine hide and cozy felt. Create a pair to fit your own feet or as a gift for family/friends.

January moccasin workshop

Cost: $70 for womens size 9 and under; $75 for womens/mens size 10+
A $15 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your spot

Age: Workshop is for ages 14+

Location: The workshop will be held in the classroom at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology.

What to bring: Please bring your own bagged lunch and morning coffee (if required), an outline of each foot, and a sharp pair of scissors. Update: Please also bring a fleece lining if possible but not a very thick (you’ll have to sew through leather and the fleece!

Advanced registration is required – space is limited to 10 registrants. Register by phoning the Museum at 519-473-1360. Please note: Registration is now full for this workshop but please contact the museum to be placed on a contact list for future workshops.

Job Shadowing at MOA

The week of December 2nd, MOA welcomed Lindsay, a high school student from Alymer who spent a week taking part in a job shadowing experience.

Lindsay enjoyed her time at MOA where she worked with our collections and helped with educational programming.
Lindsay learned how to use PastPerfect software which is used to catalogue the collection. She handled artifacts and learned how they were stored for archival purposes. She even had a unique chance to tour Sustainable Archaeology. At the end of the week, she was more involved with educational programming, helping with pottery and soapstone pendant workshops and even sat in on some tours.

Have a listen to an interview between Jennifer (MOA’s Public Relation officer) and Lindsay about her time at MOA.

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. Read more

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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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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