A Canadian Museum of Civilization Presentation Produced by GAPC The following two videos (parts one and two) feature a version of the Mi’kmaq Creation Story (Tan-wet-abeg-sol-teagw – Where we come from) explaining not only the origins of the world and its inner relationships that ties everything to all else but also the Gepmi-talemunetj-jijaamijk or the Honouring the Seven Spirit. Make sure to listen and appreciate the wisdom of the stories! For more histories and stories of creation from the Mi’kmaq and also the Mohawk, Ojibwe or Anishinaabe, the Cree or Nēhiyaw, and Kainai Black… Read More
At this Holberg Award Ceremony and Lecture, 2014 Holberg prize recipient Historian Michael Cook spoke of his work on the history of the Islamic world and Islam in history. In his brief presentation, Cook gave a rare inflective autobiographical sketch into his early ventures in archeology and how other early formative “mental habits” impacted his work as a British historian. The task of the historian, much like that of the archeologist, he described, is to “reconstitute the past from the fragmentary evidence that survives from it”.
In the spring of 2010, I accepted a research position with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada as a graduate student in political theory — an experience that has since undoubtedly affected me in a positive and maturing sense. The research not only matured my outlook on what meaningful interdisciplinary work looked like but also on how numerous philosophical questions (e.g., of injustice, autonomy as well the contestability, multiplicity and re-narration of histories) applied as well as existed between European and Aboriginal intellectual contexts and ordinary lives. I was then and… Read More