Making Meaning in Early Aboriginal-European Relationships

Date:March 15, 2017
Time:2:00pm - 4:00pm

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Ontario and Canada at Fulford Place! This Heritage Week, the museum is hosting a series of free weekly talks exploring our history and identity. This event is presented as part of MyOntario – A vision over time, a conversation among Ontarians about our experiences, identities, values and aspirations.

How did Aboriginal Peoples and Europeans make meaning in their early encounters? Discover the role of non-verbal communication and material culture in meaning construction, and hear how these early cultural interactions have shaped current relationships.

Tabitha Renaud, PhD Candidate (Queen’s University) – Makeshift Miming: A Reconsideration of Nonverbal Communication Between Aboriginals and Europeans in Sixteenth Century Northeastern America

Georgia Carley, PhD (Queen’s University) – Treaty Objects: How Physical Symbols Shaped the Meanings of British-First Nations Treaties