An exhibit featuring some of the Canadian Museum of Civilization's finest Canadian aboriginal works will teach people around the world about aboriginal culture when it tours internationally this month.
Featuring 150 prized objects from the museum's collections, First Peoples of Canada: Masterworks from the Canadian Museum of Civilization will be making stops in Germany, Japan and Mexico.
The exhibit will introduce new audiences to "the historic and contemporary cultures of Canada's aboriginal peoples," said president and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation Dr. Victor Rabinovitch.
"The exhibition will inform new audiences about the continuing strength of Canada's aboriginal cultures, and the First Peoples‚ enduring relationship to the land," Rabinovitch said.
Representing aboriginal cultures from across Canada, artifacts range from a stone projectile point dating back 10,000 years to a fur dance-parka, circa 2002-2003. Other pieces include feathered headdresses, ceramic pots, ivory snow-goggles, silver spoons, copper knives and a birchbark canoe.
While an earlier version of the exhibition was presented in Beijing for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, a new tour begins April 24 at the Lower Saxony State Museum in Hannover, Germany, and move to Japan's National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) in Osaka in Sept. 2009, followed by a stop at the Museo Nacional de las Culturas in Mexico City in early 2010.