- First Peoples of Canada
- Peace – The Exhibition
- Rewriting Marpole
- Women’s Work, Women’s Art
- L’exploitation du phoque à l’embouchure du Saguenay par les Iroquoiens de 1000 à 1534
- A Cultural History of the Nurse’s Uniform
- Four Wars of 1812
- Maya: Secrets of Their Ancient World
By Bianca Gendreau
December 2013, ISBN 978-0-660-20278-5
112 pages, 64 images, 15 x 15 cm, paperback
$9.95 (also in French)
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Snow. A source of passion, creativity and ingenuity — what would Canada be without it?
From the time of their arrival in North America, Europeans had to contend with snow, as had Aboriginal Peoples for centuries before them. Snow has always influenced the way we live and our ability to adapt — look no further than our constantly evolving winter sports. Snow is not only the muse of artists but also a driver of the economy. Featuring 300 artifacts, Snow presents a cultural history of this definitive northern precipitation.
First Peoples of Canada
Masterworks from the Canadian Museum of Civilization
By Jean-Luc Pilon and Nicholette Prince
With contributions from Ian Dyck, Andrea Laforet and Eldon Yellowhorn
Foreword by Douglas Cardinal
October 2013, ISBN 978-1-4426-2612-6
176 pp., 195 images, 23 x 28 cm, paperback
$49.95 (English only)
Limited-time discount price: $39.96
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First Peoples of Canada offers readers a rare opportunity to experience a celebrated exhibition that has toured the world, yet has never been shown in Canada. This beautifully designed, full-colour book presents a collection of 150 archaeological and ethnographic objects produced by Canada’s First Peoples – including some that are roughly 12,000 years old – that represent spectacular expressions of creativity and ingenuity.
Curators Jean-Luc Pilon and Nicholette Prince sought out pieces held by the Canadian Museum of Civilization that could be considered “masterworks” based on their aesthetic qualities, symbolic value or the skills and raw materials used in manufacturing them. These unique and priceless artifacts embody the rich diversity of skills and materials used by Canadian Inuit, First Nations and Métis in both ancient and modern times.
First Peoples of Canada is full of insights not only on the pieces themselves, but also on the cultures that produced them and the geography of this vast land. Readers will come away from this book with a renewed appreciation of the lifestyles and achievements of Canada’s original inhabitants.
Jean-Luc Pilon is Curator of Ontario Archaeology at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
Peace – The Exhibition
By Amber Lloydlangston and Kathryn Lyons
May 2013, ISBN 978-0-660-20262-4
112 pages, 52 images, 15 x 15 cm, paperback
$9.95 (also in French)
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Canada has been shaped by people taking action to make peace possible: by acting as skilled negotiators, providing humanitarian aid, shouldering arms or demonstrating against wars and weapons. Peace – The Exhibition is the first major exhibition to explore the many ways Canadians have acted for peace. It features more than 300 unique and important artifacts, across 12 historic episodes, and encourages visitors to add their own voices.
The Path to Cultural Complexity in the Gulf of Georgia
By Terence N. Clark
April 2013, ISBN 978-0-7766-0794-8
Mercury Series, Archaeology 172
265 pages, 44 illustrations, 17 x 24 cm, paperback
$55 (English Only)
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This book examines prehistoric culture change in the Gulf of Georgia region of the northwest coast of North America during the Locarno Beach (3500–1100 BP) and Marpole (2000–1100 BP) periods. The Marpole culture has traditionally been seen to possess all the traits associated with complex hunter-gatherers on the northwest coast (hereditary inequality, multi-family housing, storage-based economies, resource ownership, wealth accumulation, etc.) while the Locarno Beach culture has not.
This research examined artifact and faunal assemblages as well as data for art and mortuary architecture from a total of 164 Gulf of Georgia archaeological site components. Geographic location and ethnographic language distribution were also compared to the archaeological data. Analysis was undertaken using Integrative Distance Analysis (IDA), a new statistical model developed in the course of this research.
Results indicated that Marpole culture was not a regional phenomenon, but much more spatially and temporally discrete than previously thought. Artifactual assemblages identified as Marpole were restricted to the areas of the Fraser River, northern Gulf Islands and portions of Vancouver Island.
In contrast, the ethnographic territory of the Straits Salish showed no sign of Marpole culture, but rather a presence of Late Locarno Beach culture. The pattern found in artifacts was replicated in the distribution of art and mortuary architecture variation suggesting the cultural differences between Marpole and Late Locarno Beach cultures was real and not merely a statistical anomaly.
Women’s Work, Women’s Art
Nineteenth-Century Northern Athapaskan Clothing
By Judy Thompson
March 2013, ISBN 978-0-7735-4159-7
336 pp., 204 images, 23 x 28 cm, paperback
$59.95 (English only)
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Women’s Work, Women’s Art combines oral traditions, community interviews and the writings of traders, explorers and missionaries with a wealth of visual materials – from rare early sketches to 20th century photographs – to produce an engaging and definitive study of Athapaskan clothing and culture.
Garments made from tanned animal hides afforded Northern Athapaskans protection against a harsh environment, but the striking features of this clothing are also a distinctive part of the traditional culture of the Indigenous peoples of North America’s western subarctic. Beautifully decorated with quillwork, fringes, and pigments, they provide a means of artistic expression signifying ethnic identity and conveying information about the physical, social, and spiritual well-being of the wearer.
Women’s Work, Women’s Art is the culmination of over 40 years of research and the first comprehensive study of this little-known aspect of Athapaskan culture. Encompassing all Northern Athapaskan groups, it chronicles a period that saw significant change in Aboriginal culture and the persistence of ancient traditions among the women who made and adorned this clothing. Individual chapters address the various roles and functions of clothing in Athapaskan societies, the technology of clothing production and design, and characteristic regional styles.
L’exploitation du phoque à l’embouchure du Saguenay par les Iroquoiens de 1000 à 1534
By Michel Plourde
January 2013, ISBN 978-2-7603-0793-3
Mercury Series, Archaeology 171
274 pages, 141 illustrations, 17 x 24 cm, paperback
$65 (French only)
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During the Late Woodland Period in Quebec (1000–1534), the St. Lawrence Iroquoians were active in exploiting marine resources—particularly seals—around the mouth of the Saguenay River. The Iroquoians likely came from the Québec City area, where their base camps were located. They had adapted to the rich marine resources of the estuary over time, becoming the most mobile of the St. Lawrence Valley Iroquoians. In this study, the author describes two seasonal hunts. The first took place in spring, when male hunters drew on large populations of Greenland seals. The second was in summer, when entire families hunted grey seals and common seals. The by-products of the seal hunt would have been used as food reserves, raw materials or trade items. The author also presents the hypothesis that these excursions into the river estuary were not necessarily related to the precarious nature of agricultural pursuits in the Québec City region, given that agricultural practices would have been adopted only in the fourteenth or even at the beginning of the fifteenth century.
By Mauro Peressini and Rachel Beauvoir-Dominique
November 2012, ISBN 978-0-660-20259-4
108 pages, 67 images, 15 x 15 cm, paperback
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$9.95 (also in French)
Over 300 stunning Vodou artifacts from the internationally recognized Marianne Lehmann Collection are at the heart of Vodou. The exhibition demystifies a spiritual tradition that remains very much alive in Haiti and among Haitians abroad. Shaped by a history of slavery, oppression and resistance, Haitian Vodou is far removed from the myths manufactured by Hollywood. It is both a spirituality and a cultural movement that celebrates the past and present of the Haitian people. This souvenir catalogue contains over 60 beautiful photographs capturing the vibrancy of the artifacts featured in the exhibition, alongside insightful text that reveals the enduring appeal of this complex spirituality.
Mauro Peressini is Curator, Southwest Europe and Latin America, at the Canadian Museum of Civilization (CMC). He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Montréal. His research has focused on immigration in Canada, sociocultural identities, multiculturalism and, more recently, religions in Canada. His past exhibitions at the CMC include Presenza: A New Look at Italian-Canadian Heritage, Pompeii and The Greeks.
A Cultural History of the Nurse’s Uniform
By Christina Bates
November 2012, ISBN 978-0-660-20184-9
284 pages, 153 images, 22 x 27 cm, paperback
$39.95 (also in French)
Winner of the 2013 Millia Davenport Publication Award, presented by the Costume Society of America.
This first and only in-depth analysis of the attire worn by the largest workforce in the health care system explores the role of the nurse’s uniform in creating nursing identity for over a hundred years.
The introduction of the nurse’s uniform in the late nineteenth century was part of a strategy to legitimize North America’s first nursing schools. At first varied and experimental in design, by the early twentieth century the uniform was drawing on elements of fashionable, scientific, military and ecclesiastical wear, and had standardized into a blue or pink dress worn with stiffly starched white cap, bib and apron. This remarkable outfit lasted until the 1970s, when educational and societal changes brought about its demise, and practical scrubs became the most common nursing apparel. Seen through the lens of age, gender, class and race, this book shows how the uniform was an active participant in the changing culture of nursing work and thought.
Richly illustrated with images of actual garments and over 150 compelling period photographs, cartoons and drawings, the book’s ten chapters explore the uniform within the contexts of hospital, community, nursing school and residence. A Cultural History of the Nurse’s Uniform will appeal to nurses, historians and scholars of dress.
“Uniforms are rich in meaning, and Christina Bates does an excellent job of teasing out those meanings. Wisely, she has concentrated on the evidence of actual artifacts, as well as a wide variety of visual and written sources. This spirited and scholarly book makes a significant contribution to the study of dress and society.”
— Jane Farrell-Beck, Professor Emerita, Iowa State University
“This is a very important book that places the nurse’s uniform in the cultural context of school, residence and practice settings. The role of the uniform in nurses’ identity is an aspect of nursing that has never before been fully considered. A must-read for historians of nursing. A Cultural History of the Nurse’s Uniform will bring back memories for nurses who wore the uniform, and will provide insight to those nurses who came after.”
— Dr. Meryn Stuart, retired Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Director of the AMS Nursing History Research Unit, University of Ottawa
“Well laid out, packed with keen information. I am just so pleased to add this to our library archives for the Fashion History Museum…. This is such an important contribution to the history of Canada.”
— Kenn Norman, The Fashion History Museum
There is more than one side to every story. In the War of 1812, there were four. For Canadians, the War of 1812 was about American invasions. For Americans, it was about standing up to the British. For the British, it was an irritating sideshow to the Napoleonic Wars raging in Europe. And for Native Americans, whose presence in the war is too often forgotten, it was a desperate struggle for freedom and independence as they fought to defend their homelands.
Canadians and Americans have used the War of 1812 as a source for nation-building narratives, centred on their stories of the war. But all four groups fought and remembered their own War of 1812. Written to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the infamous war’s outbreak, this beautifully designed volume recasts the conflict as a war of four perspectives—and four stories.
Including extensive images from the Canadian War Museum’s vast collection, and text by distinguished historian Peter MacLeod, this fascinating and rich volume presents a new view of a crucial event in North American history.
Maya: Secrets of Their Ancient World
By Justin Jennings, Martha Cuevas García and Roberto López Bravo
April 2012, ISBN 978-0-660-20188-7
72 pages, 65 images, 8” x 5”, paperback
$7.95 (also in French)