The Geodesic Dome in Montreal

The geodesic dome in Montreal was designed by Shoji Sadao and Buckminster Fuller. This large dome houses a museum and a research center as foreplaned by Fuller. The dome has since been given the name Biosphere. One book, Geodesic Dreams, was produced and released together with a breath-taking exhibition at the “de design de I’UQAM” Centre. The book portrays interesting photographs that trace Canada’s development when it comes to methods...

Scrimshaw Art

Scrimshaw art was originally the idea of American whalers during the early 19th century. Sailors utilized sharp tools and carved different designs into baleen, whale teeth, and ivory coming from walruses. After creating the designs, they added soot or ink into the engravings to give life to their designs. The Scrimshaw Container, however, originates from a land animal’s horn and not from a marine creature. It was mainly created to serve a...

A Lock and a Key

Are you aware of the treasures and tales coming from Hudson’s Bay? One artifact they call “lock and key” is a special archive found in the Manitoba Museum. History says that this lock and key were once used to safeguard York Factory’s powder magazine in 1840, which is presently known as northern Manitoba. The building, powder magazine, was created to store gunpowder safely. For that reason, the lock with dull bronze and copper was...

Indigenous Stories

A discussion was held with Derek Tan and Yukiko Galey on ways to integrate indigenous perspectives through historical museums. A project named Sturgeon Harpoon Knowledge Web (Perspectives on Biodiversity) is a collaboration between Vancouver’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum and the Musqueam First Nation. The project believes that relationships held by species or object is circled around a large (35-foot) turgeon harpoon. The Musqueam men and women...