New exhibit for Quesnel & District Museum and Archives

May 24, 2006
News Release


QUESNEL, B.C. –The Quesnel & District Museum and Archives will play host to a travelling photography exhibition, courtesy of the Thunder Bay Museum.

The exhibit is comprised of stunning, early 20th-century photographs of Canada’s First Nations of the far north - Robert J. Flaherty’s Northern Focus: Photographs of Canada’s Arctic Peoples 1910-1914.

Robert J. Flaherty (1884-1951) is best known for his documentary film “Nanook of the North,” but was also recognized as an extraordinary still photographer.  He was acutely aware of the changes that were occurring amongst the Native people once the European influence began to spread and he was determined to preserve a part of it before it was forever altered.

This exhibit has sensational sepia-toned photographs, education kit and a five-minute video.  To compliment these photographs Quesnel Museum staff have also gathered unique and rare items from local residents Jeff Dinsdale and Dennis Siemens.  Dinsdale, a well-known dog musher, and Siemens, who was a teacher in Baker Lake, Inuvik and Fort Smith, are sharing some amazing tools and equipment from that area.

The exhibit opened May 23 and will be in the museum until July 8. The Quesnel and District Museum and Archives is open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the month of May, and seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for June and July. Admission is $3 for adults and $1.50 for youth ages 13 to 17. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

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