A new travelling exhibition highlighting the Mi’kmaq history of Prince Edward Island is set to open at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery on Aug. 15.
The exhibition, titled “Ni’n na L’nu,” brings a broad look at the Mi’kmaw history, from the most ancient archaeological record to today.
Five wigwam-inspired structures have been set up, showcasing evocative images and texts. Inside each wigwam is an audio environment aimed at drawing viewers into the world of Epekwitk’s Mi’kmaw Elders through stories and music. Also featured are interactive exhibits with original and reproduction artifacts.
The show was developed by the Mi’kMaq Confederacy of P.E.I. through extensive research, input from elders and the guidance of an advisory committee. Funding and support also come from the Department of Canadian Heritage, Parks Canada and the Government of P.E.I.
A companion book, also entitled “Ni’n na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward,” will also be released this month. It is co-authored by Francis and A.J.B. Johnston and published by the Acorn Press.
The opening will get underway at 6 p.m. and run through to December 22.
In 2014, the exhibition will be featured at the Canadian Museum of Civilization and at the Greenwich Interpretation Centre at P.E.I. National Park, and has garnered interest in touring museums across North America.