From Nikitotegwasis to Lennoxville

In celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, Uplands will showcase a wealth of activities between May and December 2017, allowing visitors to discover the richness of Aboriginal heritage, culture and arts. The creation of an Abenaki garden, an archeological activity, a series of discussions and storytelling workshops as well as some exhibitions on Aboriginal art are all part of the varied programming.

Illustrations by Christine Sioui Wawanoloath © 2017
  

Activities

Spring

  • Aboriginal garden
  • Lennoxville Friendship Day (June 10th)
  • Opening of the exhibit: 1867–2017: 150 years in Lennoxville and Ascot (June to December)
  • Presentation of Waban-aki: a documentary film by Alanis O’Bomsawin (June 29 at 3pm - Uplands' Red Barn)   |   Free entrance, popcorn and lemonade. Reservations are recommended

Summer

  • Organised tour of the Musée des Abénakis in Odanak (July 18 - Departure by bus from Uplands)   |   $45 per person, lunch included. Reservations required 
  • Kiosk at the Lennoxville Street Festival (August 26, on Queen Street, Lennoxville)

Fall

  • Regalia, native pride – Outdoor photo exhibit (September 10 to October 29)
  • Historical talks (Sat. September 23 - 10:30 a.m.: Geneviève Treyvaud, Archaeologist Ph.D & Sat. November 4 - 10:30 a.m.)
  • Art and storytelling workshops (in local schools)
  • Lennoxville Harvest Festival (September 24)
  • Aboriginal artists – Contemporary exhibit (November 12 to December 17)
 

Symbolism of the Project Logo

Image created for the Nikitotegwasis to Lennoxville project by artist Christine Sioui Wawanoloath

The bear represents the Wabanakis, whereas the unicorn, which is found on Lennoxville’s historic coat of arms, symbolizes non-aboriginal peoplit wears the colours of the Lennox tartan into the square patterns. The line motif on the bear is inspired by lines that are found on traditional pottery.
The two animal symbols are “shaking paws” in a sign of friendship.


About the Artist

Christine Sioui Wawanoloath was born in Wendake (Quebec) in 1952, Christine Sioui Wawanoloath is Wendat (Huron) on her father’s side and Abenaki on her mother’s side. After her father’s death, just four weeks after her birth, her mother moved back to the Abenaki village of Odanak with her three children. After studying photography, art and history in Montreal and at Manitou College (1973), she worked as a printer’s press photographer, a darkroom technician, graphic artist and journalist for Aboriginal publications in Ottawa, Frobisher Bay and Val d’Or. In 1985, she became programs director for the Val d’Or Native Friendship Centre. As co-ordinator for the non-violence dossier with Quebec Native Women, from 1992 to 2002, she designed and developed awareness-raising and knowledge-sharing projects targeting members of Aboriginal communities. Currently a communications agent with LandInSights, she is also a painter and illustrator. She is author of La légende des oiseaux qui ne savaient plus voler (Quebec Native Women, 1995), Toloti (First Peoples’ Festival, 2003), Natanis (Le Loup de Gouttière, 2005) and three plays, two of which have been staged (Femme et esprit and Femme, homme et esprits).

 

Our Partners

We are grateful to Canadian Heritage and our other partners for this opportunity to discover and share the history and culture of the Abenakis and other aboriginal communities from Nikitotegwasis to today. Being able to highlight, understand and honour this legacy is a real privilege.

 

                                  

 

 

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