Hello! Here I am in the Montreal Science Center, in an exhibition called Indigenous ingenuity, timeless inventions.
They gave me this bracelet at the entrance where I just present it over some pictograms. At first, there’s a screen with a pictogram of an ulu.
This is a woman showing to a younger one, how to use the ulu.
[Reading the subtitles] “This may not be the best to skin because it’s short and not wide enough.”
So, there are at least 30 interactives. Here you can create with foamy blocks, an inukshuk. There is a kayak to test your stability. Some big interactive walls will just show some animated plants, trees, animals, and tell you legends. Let’s try this one: the legend of Sedna.
“She had refused all offers of marriage. But one day, a strange hunter came in and she agreed to go off with him. The hunter took her to an island where he imprisoned her and revealed his true…”
Let’s continue. Oh! There is some igloo with foamy blocks, numbered. Oh, oh! Like any exhibition, there are big glass boxes with really nice objects. I am looking at an amauti here.
Oh! There’s an igloo with foam blocks numbered.
Like any exhibition, there are big glass boxes with really nice objects to look at.
There’s another station here with Stanley volant, who is an Innu surgeon.
“… et je me trouve actuellement à la salle d’opération du bloc opératoire de l’hôpital de Dolbeau-Mistassini.”
Oh! There’s a problem with this one, we’re just hearing the left channel.
We can learn a lot of things the way indigenous peoples do. By doing, by observing. What’s next? Oh! A super heavy mattress where you can walk. Woo! It’s like snow and there are snowshoes. Yes, I can try snowshoes here, on this mattress.
Again, there is this wall with a bow and some arrows. You can hunt big animals. These are silhouettes passing by in the screen. That is so nice!
“Be careful to ensure the survival of her young, do not kill the mother.” So these are learning from this interactive hunt. Oh! Here, there’s an installation on the crooked knife: it shows how to hold the crooked knife and… OK, let’s try this, let’s just sit on the bench. With this wooden piece on me. Oh yes, I’m doing it! It’s green so, obviously I’m not so wrong about it.
And here is a tipi. And there a virtual reality set with a dog sled, sweet! You can catch salmons with harpoons. Yes!
So, there it is, the exhibition on indigenous ingenuity. Hopefully you’ll get here in Montreal, or you’ll see the exhibition around your place, cause it’s a travelling exhibition, so you may be able to experience it by yourself.