'Hiding in Plain Sight' Métis exhibit comes to Red Deer Museum

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
December 8, 2018 - 2:12pm Updated: January 17, 2019 - 11:08am

A new exhibition at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery aims to explore the rich history and thriving contemporary culture of local and national Métis people.

The exhibit, which is titled Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Métis Nation in the Archival Records of Library and Archives Canada, runs from Dec. 15, 2018 until March 10, 2019.

Local Métis citizens have shared their family histories and treasures from personal collections to make the exhibit all it could be. A number of items have also been loaned from several institutional collections.

“The story of the Métis people in Central Alberta is one of the keystones of our history,” says Lorna Johnson, Executive Director at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery. “This exhibition presents a great opportunity to explore Métis culture and history across Canada, and to place our own history into that larger context. We are very grateful to the members of Central Alberta’s Métis community who have helped us to assemble local stories to supplement the touring exhibition.”

In the museum's words, the Métis people are known having emerged as a distinct people or nation in the historic northwest during the 18th and 19th centuries. Alberta, as well as BC, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the NWT, Ontario, Minnesota, Montana and North Dakota are considered to be the historic homeland of the Métis.

A grand opening event for the exhibit is happening Sunday, Jan. 20 from 2-4 p.m. Special guest Marilyn Dumont, a Metis poet will be part of the festivities. As well, there will be live musical performance fro, Brianna and Brian Lizotte. The event is free to the public.

More information is at RedDeerMuseum.ca and here.

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