ERIC Number: ED343732
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
The Algonquin World: Seasons, Cycles, Change. A Guide to the Exhibition (Geneseo, New York, October 18-November 2, 1991).
This exhibit guide summarizes interpretive texts from the exhibition of Algonquin arts and craftwork assembled by the Folk Arts Program of the BOCES Geneseo Migrant Center in western New York. The Algonquin people migrate to fur farms near East Bloomfield and Holcomb, New York for fall pelting from late October through December. The image of the turtle in the exhibition represents the Algonquin creation story in which the earth is formed on the back of a great turtle. Algonquin life follows a seasonal rhythm of dispersal and aggregation, which also influences the production of Algonquin crafts. Winter is a time for knowing the ways of the ice and snow, making snowshoes and fur robes, and gathering for old feasts and new holidays. Spring is a time for tapping the maple trees for syrup, working with wood, and preparing for the spring hunt. Summer is a time for traveling by water, making canoes, setting nets, tanning hides, and displaying needlecrafts. Autumn is a time for going to the fur farms, setting traps for martens, beavers, and foxes, taking the bark from birch trees for baskets, and calling the moose. In the cycles of life each stage has its time, its tasks, and its ceremonies. Childhood is a time for learning by watching, listening, playing, practicing, and participating. Adulthood is a time for getting married and working together. The role of elders is to share wisdom and bear tradition. Changes in Algonquin life include the fur trade, fur farms, and threats to native lands. The guide provides brief biographies of seven visiting artists. (KS)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Council on the Arts, New York.
Authoring Institution: BOCES Geneseo Migrant Center, Geneseo, NY.
Identifiers: Algonquin (Tribe)