Rectangular wooden box with metal rods to comb blueberries.

This homemade tool makes blueberry picking a little easier. All the pickers have to do is “comb” the shrubs and the fruit falls into the box. Blueberries are so intimately linked to the Lac-Saint-Jean region that locals are known as Bleuets, the French word for blueberries. Blueberry comb, ca. 1900 Maple, cherry, metal, fibre, 16 x 31 x 18 cm Musée de la civilisation, 70-54

c. 1900
Maple, cherry, metal, fibre
16 x 31 x 18 cm
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Three hunters showing geese.

Hunters often return to the same hunting ground year after year and develop an in-depth knowledge of the territory, to which they become strongly attached. This photograph preserves the memory of a goose hunt and shows the great pride hunters take in their trophies. Untitled, 20th century Photo : C. S. Maclean Cap Tourmente, Québec MCQ, collection du Séminaire de Québec, fonds Thaïs Lacoste-Frémont, PH2000-14026

C. S. Maclean
20th Century
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Lobster trap from Îles-de-la-Madeleine.

An Îles-de-la-Madeleine fisherman made this lobster trap by hand using an artisanal technique. Today’s traps are made of metal, but work in much the same way. Lobster trap, ca. 1990 Edmond P. Bourgeois Wood, cement, fibre, metal, 49 x 62 x 81 cm Musée de la civilisation, 2006-335

Edmond P. Bourgeois
c. 1990
Wood, cement, fiber, metal
49 x 62 x 81 cm
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Learning Objectives

Discover that the foods we eat tell the stories of the places they came from. They transport us to exotic lands and remind us of our holidays, childhood, loved ones and roots. They communicate the passion of food producers and territorial histories.

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