New Gallery at Exploration Place Tells Lheidli T’enneh History
Prince George, B.C.- Tomorrow is Aboriginal Day in Canada, and it is being marked in a special way at Exploration Place in Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park.
The museum will officially open a new gallery which tells the history of the Lheildi T’enneh. The entrance to the new gallery ‘Hodul’eh-a’ which means ‘a place of learning’, will be through a stylized pit house and the gallery will feature a variety of images and artifacts including a dug out canoe created last summer, message trees, as well as a interpretation space for teaching and sharing knowledge.
There have been previous , temporary exhibitions of the Lheidli T’enneh history at the museum, but this new gallery will be permanent. It is the first new permanent gallery for the museum since Exploration Place expanded 16 years ago.
The space for the gallery has been created through a reorganization of the George Phillips Gallery and using the space that was formerly used for the Prince George Sports Hall of Fame.
The museum is the designated repository for the Lheidli T’enneh Nation says museum CEO Tracy Calogheros “We hold in safekeeping a continuously growing collection which ranges from lithics, (stone tools), some 9,000 years old, to baskets, beading and leatherwork. The gallery will allow us to share this history as well as provide a programming space for traditional teaching through the sharing and transfer of knowledge.”
Some of the exhibits, particularly the textiles, are fragile, so the exhibits will change every few months to prevent them from being damaged by exposure to light, temperature and humidity. Custom display cases have been built to ensure the items are protected.
While the museum has many artifacts in storage, it hopes to expand the collection by reaching out to partner museums to repatriate Lheidli T’enneh items that may be held in other collections.
To celebrate the new gallery, admission will be free tomorrow from noon to 4 p.m.