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QAHN presents: "The Wampum Chronicles," with Darren Bonaparte
Free online presentation, Facebook Live
DATE: Wednesday, July 15
TIME: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (EST)

The Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) use of wampum belts and strings to record and teach about key figures and past events is a fascinating aspect of Indigenous culture in North America. From the Creation story to the Great Law of Peace, through contact with European traders and settlers, wampum once served vital ceremonial and diplomatic functions. Today, these artworks can help us to better understand the history and heritage of the First Nation groups who made them.

Join us for this live video presentation by Mohawk historian, storyteller, author and artist Darren Bonaparte. Darren has been sharing his knowledge of wampum since he wove his first belt in 1999 and is currently director of the Tribal Historic Preservation Office of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe.
In this talk, which incorporates several of Darren’s own handmade belts and strings, the workings of a typical treaty council and the oral traditions behind each wampum are vividly brought to life. What unfolds is a unique narrative sure to inspire new ways of thinking about Indigenous peoples in Canada’s history.

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QAHN presents:
Mohawk Warriors and the War of 1812, wiith Eric Pouliot-Thisdale
Free live online presentation, Facebook Live
DATE: Monday, July 20
TIME: 1:30 p.m. to 2:15. (EST)

The War of 1812 was a turning point for many Indigenous peoples in British North America. Not only was it the last military conflict in which their participation was crucial for Canada, within a generation of war’s end, colonial settlers far outnumbered First Nations groups in their own land. Even though Mohawk Warriors fought several key battles against the Americans alongside British and Canadian allies, their contributions have attracted scant scholarly interest, until quite recently.

Eric Pouliot-Thisdale is an historian and researcher of Mohawk-Innu ancestry who is currently completing a degree in history at the Université de Québec a Montréal. In this live video presentation, he shares findings from his analysis of census records and parish registers from Akwesasne, Kahnawake and Kanehsatake, tracing Mohawk veterans of the War of 1812 to their precise community of origin. Learn how the Warriors’ battalion was organized and why a relatively small number of volunteers were recruited from Kanehsatake.

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logo.sm_.jpg QAHN's ongoing project "A Different Tune: Musical Heritage of English-speaking Quebec" presents the following upcoming events, all via our project's Facebook page:

July 2, 2020 - 8 p.m. - Facebook Live - "Thirsty Thursdays Vol 5" -
From Murdochville and now living in Montreal, songwriter, pianist and vocalist Melissa Furlotte will be treating us to a set of jazz-influenced original songs.

July 30, 2020 - 8 p.m. - Facebook Live - "Thirsty Thursdays Vol 9"
Women of the Coast. A showcase of six woman singers, songwriters, and musicians from the Coast's English-speaking communities. Artists TBA soon.

August 6, 2020 - 8 p.m. - Facebook Live - "Thirsty Thursdays Vol 10"
Originally from Belle-Anse and now living in Montreal, singer-songwriter Dale Boyle brings his brand of folk, blues, roots, and country music that is inspired by his connection to the Gaspé Coast.

August 8, 2020 - Facebook Live - Gaspé Fiddle Project 10th Anniversary
Join an afternoon celebrating the work of a collective of fiddlers, collectors, and researchers who, collectively have been working to preserve the fiddle traditions of the Eastern Gaspé Peninsula. We'll be playing music and talking about what we've been up to in getting this music back in circulation again. Featuring Laura Risk; Lisa Ornstein; Guy Bouchard; Matthieu Fournier; Paul Fackler; France Dupuis; Robin Servant; Martin Aucoin; Brian Morris; and Glenn Patterson.