Online Resources

Voices of the Canoe

Learn about the canoe traditions of the Fijian, Squamish, and Haida people and understand the historical and ongoing importance of canoe culture for these Indigenous peoples.  The site features interviews from Indigenous artists, canoe makers, and others to encourage students to consider multiple points of view, and to question what is historically significant and what evidence is used to determine historical significance.  It also hosts a range of evidence – photographs, maps, interviews, historical texts and short films.  This website was developed by MOA in conjunction with The History Education Network/Histoire et Education en Reseau (THEN/HiER).

The Spirit of Islam: Experiencing Islam Through Calligraphy

This comprehensive online resource approaches the study of Islam through calligraphy. The Spirit of Islam features examples of Islamic calligraphy, historical timelines, cultural connections, calligraphy writing lessons, and interactive elements including sound and visual aids. Discover the diverse voices of Islam by listening to community interviews.  The resource section is designed for teachers and includes notable dates, a glossary, and lesson plans surrounding issues of stereotyping and diversity. Funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

The Respect to Bill Reid Pole: A History

Learn about The Respect to Bill Reid Pole and the artists through behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, and a video of the pole being raised. The Respect to Bill Reid Pole was raised at MOA in 2002 honouring the well-known Haida artist Bill Reid. The carving was led by Chief 7idansuu (Jim Hart) and features familiar crests of the Wolf of Tanuu, Raven, and Eagle. This website documents the creation of the Haida House at MOA and follows the process of carving and raising a pole. Funded by the Virtual Museum of Canada.

Weavers at Musqueam

This site features the stories of five weavers in the First Nations community of Musqueam in Vancouver. These artists speak about the process of learning to weave and its ongoing importance in their daily and cultural lives. These personal narratives are accompanied by image galleries showing examples of the artists’ work. Funded by Canada’s Digital Collections Initiative, Industry Canada.

Border Zones

Instead of a paper catalogue, MOA produced an online webzine to accompany the exhibition “Border Zones: New Art Across Cultures,” shown at the Museum from January 23 – September 12, 2010. Here you’ll find video interviews with the 12 participating artists, artworks exclusive to the zine, provocative reviews of the exhibition, and a blog devoted to the idea of borders.

William White: My Ancestors Are Still Dancing

From June 10 to September 22, 2002, Tsimshian weaver William White from Lax Kw’alaams wove a Chilkat robe in the Museum as part of a “living” exhibition. In conjunction with his residence here, MOA created a website to document the weaver’s progress, and to explore the significance of the Chilkat tradition.

One Mind, One Heart

Learn more about the fierce opposition by the Heiltsuk Nation to the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and oil-tanker traffic in their ancestral waters. One Mind, One Heart features films, photos of Heiltsuk territory, and community protests during the Project Review Panel’s visit to Bella Bella. The MOA installation shows the ancestral guardian of the undersea world, ’Yágis, swallowing an oil tanker trespassing in Heiltsuk waters. ’Yágis, the mask was created by Heiltsuk artist ’Nusí to invoke ancient Heiltsuk teachings and the law of Káxláya Gvi’ílás in order to protect their land and seas for the future.

Multiversity Galleries, Exhibit Case 23