The Canadian North

Victoria Island in the Northwest Territories, home of the Copper and Inuvialuit Inuit. Inuksuit, stone markers, dot the arctic landscape that is accessible by dog sled and snowmobile.

Videographer, Alex Poruchnyk.
The Winnipeg Art Gallery; Canadian Museum of Civilization, Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes Instito Nacional de Bellas Artes, Smithsonian American Art Museum
2000-11-??
Northwest Territories, CANADA
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Mexico's Canals and Leisure Life

One of the leisure spots found most attractive by Mexicans and foreign visitors alike were the Xochimilco canals. These festive scenes were recorded by the Mexican artist Miguel Covarrubias, giving us a glimpse into his circle of friends and the many picnickers who flocked to the area every Sunday.

Miguel Covarrubias
The Winnipeg Art Gallery; Canadian Museum of Civilization, Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes Instito Nacional de Bellas Artes, Smithsonian American Art Museum

MEXICO
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American Geography

Artists from the United States have long been inspired by the nation's diverse geography, encompassing varied features---from mountains, prairies, and forests to ocean coastlines and river valleys.

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The Winnipeg Art Gallery; Canadian Museum of Civilization, Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes Instito Nacional de Bellas Artes, Smithsonian American Art Museum

UNITED STATES
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Canadian Geography

The vastness of Canada reveals a varied landscape. Mountains, forests, breathtaking coastlines, fjords, lakes, islands, beautiful grasslands, and even desert.

Video footage Good Earth Productions Inc.
The Winnipeg Art Gallery; Canadian Museum of Civilization, Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes Instito Nacional de Bellas Artes, Smithsonian American Art Museum

CANADA
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Mexican Social History - Conflict and Change

Mexico's revolution, which began in 1910 and ended in 1921, offered ample opportunity for film-makers and press photographers to exercise their skills. They scoured the Mexican countryside, capturing -among others-- the following scenes.

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The Winnipeg Art Gallery; Canadian Museum of Civilization, Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes Instito Nacional de Bellas Artes, Smithsonian American Art Museum

MEXICO
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Settler's Frontier 'Eden'

Early settlers found the vast untouched, wilderness to be both a savage frontier and a bountiful paradise. Many artists depicted what they believed was a hopeful new "Eden" - a world of untapped resources that could nourish a young nation.

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The Winnipeg Art Gallery; Canadian Museum of Civilization, Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes Instito Nacional de Bellas Artes, Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Forward Together

The Russian words of this hymn are attributed to Doukhobor Canadian poet, Ivan F. Sysoev (1895-1967). In this video clip of the last two minutes of the hymn, the first lines of the verses are sung solo, followed by congregational singing. Masters of ceremony Dona Hadikin and Marcia Strelaeff exchange bows with the congregation at the end. CMC V96-015

In unison and trusting in God
We’ll strengthen in spirit through struggle
To the kingdom of freedom a pathway
With strong chests, by toil we will build.

We’ve emerged from the midst of the common folk
We’re children of a family of toilers
A brotherhood united in freedom
Beneath this banner so proudly we strive.

It’s been long that in darkness we suffered
But the hope for hour has arrived
The days of dark gloom now have gone by
Christ has lighted the path for us.
It is time to commence with our work!
Let us start with our battle at once
Is it for us who are free to be fearful
Of jails and the caprice of kings?

Firmly, and with faith in God
The chains of oppression we’ll sever
To the whole world we’ll open a pathway
All hate we will conquer with love.

We’ll overthrow, with our just, divine struggle
The oppression of ages forever
Over the whole world we proudly will raise
The peaceful banner of Christ.

Doukhobor Congregation, Lead singer: Elsie Campbell, poet: Ivan F. Sysoev (1895-1967)
The Winnipeg Art Gallery; Canadian Museum of Civilization, Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes Instito Nacional de Bellas Artes, Smithsonian American Art Museum
1995
Castlegar, British Columbia, CANADA
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Gunther Gerszo

As part of its effort to capture the country's artists on tape, the Mexican television industry recorded this interview with Gunther Gerszo, who uses a surprisingly modern vocabulary to translate the essence of pre-Hispanic architecture onto canvas.

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The Winnipeg Art Gallery; Canadian Museum of Civilization, Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes Instito Nacional de Bellas Artes, Smithsonian American Art Museum

MEXICO
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Niagra Falls

From the late 19th century onward, Americans and Canadians-both tourists and artists alike--- have been drawn to the sublime natural wonder of Niagara Falls, situated on the border between the two countries.

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The Winnipeg Art Gallery; Canadian Museum of Civilization, Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes Instito Nacional de Bellas Artes, Smithsonian American Art Museum

CANADA
UNITED STATES
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Farewell to Nova Scotia

Farewell to Nova Scotia has become something of a theme song for that Canadian maritime province. Its first verse and chorus combine to create a vivid land- and seascape setting for the rest of the lyric. Ironically, the song may well have originated in another part of the world (where there are mountains) but, in the way of traditional songs, have been transported to the province and localized. However, people don't require that sung landscapes, any more than painted ones, be slavishly true to life.

The sun was setting in the west
The birds were singing on every tree
All nature seemed inclined for to rest
But still there was no rest for me.

Chorus:
Farewell to Nova Scotia, the sea-bound coast
Let your mountains dark and dreary be
For when I am far away on the briny ocean tossed
Will you ever heave a sigh and a wish for me?
I grieve to leave my native land
I grieve to leave my comrades all
And my aged parents whom I always held so dear
And the bonny, bonny lass that I do adore.

The drums they do beat and the wars do alarm
The captain calls, we must obey
So farewell, farewell to Nova Scotia’s charms
For it’s early in the morning I am far, far away.

I have three brothers and they are at rest
Their arms are folded on their breast
But a poor simple sailor just like me
Must be tossed and driven on the dark blue sea.

Sung by Walter Roast, Recorded by Helen Creighton (CMC CR-F-15, #1)
The Winnipeg Art Gallery; Canadian Museum of Civilization, Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes Instito Nacional de Bellas Artes, Smithsonian American Art Museum
c. 1943-1944
East Chezzetcook, Nova Scotia, CANADA
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Yellowstone

Scientists and artists first explored the Yellowstone region (in present-day Wyoming) in 1871. Even today, the breathtaking views of Yellowstone, the first U.S. national park, remain among our most treasured natural monuments.

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The Winnipeg Art Gallery; Canadian Museum of Civilization, Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes Instito Nacional de Bellas Artes, Smithsonian American Art Museum

UNITED STATES
© CHIN 2001. All Rights Reserved


The Hoover Damn - Tranforming the Landscape

Built on the desert border between Arizona and Nevada from 1931 to 1935, the Hoover Dam supplies flood control, irrigation water, and hydroelectric power. A major engineering feat at that time---the Hoover Dam is a monument to human achievement. Follow the dam's construction in these film clips.

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The Winnipeg Art Gallery; Canadian Museum of Civilization, Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes Instito Nacional de Bellas Artes, Smithsonian American Art Museum

CANADA
© CHIN 2001. All Rights Reserved


Learning Objectives

The learner will:

  • Be conscious of the emotional impact that is caused and shaped by a work of art
  • Comprehend that the way people and their landscapes are depicted in art
  • Learn about how society and land interact through observing art
  • Compare and contrast a variety of landscapes through video

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