Steam bent fish hook

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Introduction

While the various groups are not evenly represented, this exhibit nevertheless provides an overview of First Peoples cultures in Canada.

In the same way that First Nations today present a united front and support each other’s actions and beliefs, these artifacts testify to a continuity of tradition across every time period and along diverse paths. From the pre-European period to the present day aboriginal peoples have developed techniques adapted to their needs and resources. They have used materials drawn from their immediate environment and have depicted effigies, animal motifs, symbols of legend, and geometric patterns that represent their cultural values and beliefs. These figures adorn everyday objects, art pieces, as well as those used in ceremonies.

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