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I Found My Way…

Sheko:li, my name is Dakota Ireland. My spirit name means She Gathers; I come from the Bear Clan within the Oneida Nation of the Thames. I have recently joined the staff here at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology. I am an Education Assistant Intern, so I help out with tours, workshops, activities, crafts, and other various areas of the museum, if needed. Before I got this job, my main background was in customer service and retail.

I wanted a change from my usual jobs, and I got started with Southwest Regional Healing Lodge, located in Muncey, as a Childcare Worker. I really enjoy working with children, so it was a step in the right direction. The job was not reliable though, so I continued searching. I wanted to work in a women’s shelter, but there were not any openings. Read more

January Palisade Newsletter

January 2014 Palisade e-Post Newsletter

Welcome to 2014! In this months’ newsletter:

  • Save the date for Winter Village Family Fun Day: Monday, February 17th
  • MOA gets a new logo
  • January 19th Moccasin Making Workshop
  • London Chapter OAS meeting January 9th
  • Flotation project at MOA (and upcoming exhibit)
  • Job Shadow student describes her experience at MOA this past December
  • Help a Child come to Camp

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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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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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