• Voices from the Gathering PlaceSault Ste. Marie: 1622 - 1870

Die Stromschnellen von St Marie (The Rapids Of St Mary), Frank Buchser, 1868

By kind permission of the Kunsthaus Art Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

This website was created by teacher Peter White for the Algoma District School Board

What are these markings on the front (the bow) of the canoe?

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Canoe Manned by Voyageurs Passing a Waterfall (Ontario), 1869, by Frances Anne Hopkins

Courtesy vLibrary and Archives Canada under the reproduction reference number C-002771 and under the MIKAN ID number 2894967

This artwork has both First Nations and Métis influences. The circle divided into four or, in

this case eight, is a very important symbol in

First Nations art that speaks of both wholeness and the interconnectness of all things. The flowers below the circle are a much beloved theme of

the Métis.


Below you can see a vest and a traditional

octopus bag made by Sault Ste. Marie Métis, Mitch Case.