Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Métis Nation in the Archival Records of Library and Archives Canada

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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 Saskatoon Public Library, Round Prairie Branch, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, from February 3 to May 13, 2018.

Presented in Saskatoon by the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan, the Saskatoon Public Library, and the Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research, 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.

Download the event poster [PDF 5,280 KB]

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.

Future exhibition dates:

Batoche National Historic Site, Saskatchewan
June 2 to August 26, 2018

Museum of Surrey, Surrey, British Columbia
September 15 to November 25, 2018

Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery, Alberta
December 15, 2018 to March 31, 2019

 

Photo Gallery

A Gentleman Travelling in a Dog Cariole in Hudson’s Bay with an Indian Guide

A Gentleman Travelling in a Dog Cariole in Hudson’s Bay with an Indian Guide
By Peter Rindisbacher, lithograph, 1825
Library and Archives Canada, e002291419

Manitoba Settler’s House and Red River Cart

Manitoba Settler’s House and Red River Cart
By William Hind, oil on academy board, ca. 1862
Library and Archives Canada, c013965

George McPherson and Family

George McPherson and Family
By an unknown artist, albumen print, 1872
Library and Archives Canada, e011156525

Louis Riel

Louis Riel
By William James Topley, ferrotype, ca. 1875
Library and Archives Canada, e011156891

Three York Boats, Swampy Lake, Manitoba

Three York Boats, Swampy Lake, Manitoba
By Robert Bell, albumen print, 1878
Library and Archives Canada, e011156534

Red River Jig

Red River Jig
By W.J. Phillips, woodcut on wove paper, ca. 1931
Library and Archives Canada, e010835251

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