"We really want to encourage folks to have the opportunity to experience Indigenous art, and the stunning beauty and unbelievable skill and craftsmanship that goes into the pieces, and to engage into dialogue and conversation, and to be inspired." Donna Feledichuk, vice president of Academic and research at Portage College
Portage College in Lac La Biche received over 152 artifact items that represent Indigenous culture from all parts of Canada.
The donation was made by Dr. Michael Mucz, retired professor of biology at the University of Alberta’s Augustana Camrose campus, on July 27. The artifacts are valued at $76,000.
Donna Feledichuk, vice president of Academic and research, spoke about the wide range of items that were received by Mucz after his visit at the Museum of Aboriginal Peoples' Art and Artifacts.
Donna Feledichuk, vice president of Academic and research at Portage College (Photo Submitted)
The 152 items include wood carvings and prints, 50 fabric wall hangings, and other pieces such as moccasins, tanned leathers, games, tools and weapons. Feledichuk says that these donated items will be great teaching tools in the Native Cultural Program, and they will showcase the inclusion of the Inuit culture for students that come from Inuit areas like the Yukon and Northwest Territories.
Wall hanging, artist and title unknown artifact donated by Dr. Mucz at Portage College (Photo submitted)
Portage College also has tours for Grades K-12 from across the province of Alberta. Feledichuk says that the donations help to teach younger students about the different types of Indigenous cultures.
Aleautian Caribou Skim wind Mask artisan artifact donated by Dr. Mucz at Portage College (Photo Submitted)
Feledichuk encourages others to come by and experience the Indigenous artworks, which she believes will help spark conversations, and hopes will inspire others to learn about the Indigenous cultures from across Canada.
Coloured pencil drawing titled Salutation Spring, 2007 by Goo Pootoogook (Photo submitted)
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