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Module 1

First Nations in their own Words: The Early History of Canada to 1500

Maureen Lux

First Nations societies are the focus in an era before Europeans arrived in what would become Canada.  In their own words, Elders tell their faithfully preserved and sacred creation stories which explain the intimate relationships with landscape and place.  Images explore how First Nations communicated across time and space, while a recreation of North American societies at the turn of the first millennium engages students to consider connections between the ancient and the modern. 

Primary sources:

  1. Photograph: Wampum Belt (c. 18th/19th century)
  2. Photograph: Petroglyph (ancient)
  3. Photograph: Inukshuk 1 (ancient)
  4. Photograph: Inukshuk 2 (ancient)
  5. Sculpture: Bill Reid’s Spirit of Haida Gwaii, The Black Canoe (1991)

Secondary sources:

  1. Robert McGhee. ‘Canada Y1K: The First Millennium.’ The Beaver (Dec 1999/Jan 2000)
  2. The Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (1996)

Introduction

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