Jasper Museum Honours Indigenous History
New Sculpture and Display to be Created
A fundamental piece of the history of Jasper National Park will be commemorated at the Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives in 2016. The museum will recognize the important contribution that the Aseniwuche Winewak or the “Rocky Mountain People” have made to the region.
The museum, with assistance from the Aseniwuche Winewak Nation of Canada based near Grande Cache, and Parks Canada, is pleased to announce the creation of a permanent sculpture that will be displayed in the front garden of the Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives on Bonhomme Street in Jasper, Alberta.
Professional artist Crystal C. Mossing has been commissioned to create a four-foot tall bronze sculpture of an elderly indigenous woman gathering berries and herbs. The sculpture entitled "Kokum," the Cree word for Grandmother, is expected to be completed in spring 2016. Mossing is best known for her work on various projects for the Calgary Stampede over the last decade.
In addition, a permanent display case is being added in the museum to feature representations of traditional food from the Aseniwuche Winewak community. The display will highlight production techniques that are still used by Elders who identify as Rocky Mountain People. In the Grande Cache area, these Elders continue to hunt, make dry meat, scrape and tan hides, and make moccasins and other clothes from the hides. They decorate the hides with highly skilled beadwork. The display case is scheduled for completion in early 2016.
Museum Manager, Andy Klimach, is pleased with the partnership that has been developed to turn this vision into a reality. “The project is a gesture of good faith and forgiveness and the next step in the ongoing process of reconnection to the Jasper area by the Rocky Mountain People,” Klimach says.
“This represents an acknowledgement of the people who lived here and an honouring of that is symbolized in this statue. It is a step forward in reconciliation; recognition of the people and history of the area,” President David McPhee of the Aseniwuche Winewak Nation adds.
Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives