Explore some of the rich history of the Métis Nation by visiting Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Métis Nation in the Archival Records of Library and Archives Canada. The travelling exhibition is on display at the University of Alberta, Enterprise Square Gallery, in Edmonton, Alberta, from November 15, 2017, to January 14, 2018.
Presented in Edmonton by the Métis Nation of Alberta, the Edmonton Public Library and the University of Alberta, the exhibition explores the portrayal of the Métis people—some of whom are “hiding in plain sight”—in reproductions of artworks and photographic collections as well as in the accompanying archival descriptions, and aims to foster a better understanding of the history and culture of the Métis Nation.
The exhibition was developed by Library and Archives Canada in collaboration with the Manitoba Metis Federation and the Métis National Council, with the support of the Government of Canada.
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The Métis Nation
The Métis emerged as a distinct people or nation in the historic Northwest during the course of the 18th and 19th centuries. This area is known as the “historic Métis Nation Homeland,” which includes Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, extending into the Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Ontario, Minnesota, Montana and North Dakota.
About the exhibition
Library and Archives Canada has a wide variety of archival documents pertaining to the Métis Nation, including textual records, photographs, artwork, maps, stamps and sound recordings. This exhibition explores the portrayal of Métis Citizens—some of whom are “hiding in plain sight”—in art and photographic collections and the accompanying descriptions, and aims to foster a better understanding of the history and the culture of the Métis Nation.
Library and Archives Canada would like to recognize the knowledge and expertise provided by the Métis National Council and the Manitoba Metis Federation in the creation of this exhibition.
Visit the virtual exhibition: The Métis Nation, Symbols and Terminology, Portraits of known and possible Métis, and Related Themes.
By William James Topley, ferrotype, ca. 1875
Library and Archives Canada, e011156891
Red River Jig
By W.J. Phillips, woodcut on wove paper, ca. 1931
Library and Archives Canada, e010835251