The exhibit “Meet Your Métis Neighbours” was created to celebrate a distinct cultural group in the community of Atikokan. This special exhibit is in partnership with the Atikokan Métis Council. Métis Members generously loaned personal items to complete this colourful exhibit.
Visitors will see beautifully crafted items, and intricate beading that represent the Métis identity, their culture, and countless hours of love in the creation of these items. Handwoven sashes have long been associated with the Métis people. There are five very distinct styles in the exhibit. Each has a unique history and meaning.
The Cree peoples called the Métis, “The Flower Bead People,” for a very good reason. Their love of colour and their skill in beading. They decorated a wide variety of items which makes this exhibit memorable. One simple attempt at beading will leave the inexperienced truly in awe of this craft.
In the exhibit is a magnificent painting by Kristy Cameron, a local Métis artist. Children’s books written in both Michif and English, “I Don’t Like Bugs” and “Dreamcatcher” illustrated by Kristy Cameron are on display. It’s a chance to sound out those words and listen for their origin in Cree, French, and English.
So, come to the Museum of Atikokan and meet our Métis Neighbours. They are a colourful, lively group. Their generously loaned prized possessions may spark an interest in you for their heritage. The Métis are also known for their style of dance, Jigging. Perhaps their lively music will strike a chord with you too!
The Museum of Atikokan is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm, evenings and weekends by appointment. Contact the Museum staff at 807-697-6585 for a guided tour or after hours viewing. The Museum is located at 204 Main Street East. The Museum of Atikokan captures the region’s unique history: geology, industry, and sport. Each year visitors are welcomed from all parts of Canada and the United States. Admission is by donation, parking is at the front entrance.
Atikokan is on the doorstep of one of Ontario’s most traditional wilderness areas, as Quetico Provincial Park stands among the best for its beauty and its ruggedness. We’re only too happy to have you here, whether it’s for a day, for a week, or a lifetime. We are the Canoeing Capital of Canada. We are the Gateway to Quetico Provincial Park. We are Naturally Wild.