The Good People: Know Our Stories, Know Us
The Good People: Know Our Stories, Know Us. A Grey Roots original exhibit.
Stories connect people with their history and help keep alive the traditions and beliefs that weave the fabric of the past and future generations. The Good People: Know Our Stories, Know Us exhibit presents the stories of the Anishinaabe in a way that will give visitors a greater understanding of the spiritual beliefs that guide the lives of local First Nations People. The Good People exhibit highlights fifteen traditional Anishinabek stories, each of which contains morals, lessons and insight into what it means to be Anishinaabe. These stories, handed down over countless generations, form the framework of a resilient culture.
The project was guided by Elder Basil Johnston. The fifteen doodems on display were designed by Indigenous artist Don Chrétien and carved by Anishinaabe artist Sidney Nadjiwon from locally found coral stone. Also part of the exhibit is a magnificent butternut tree carving by late Wilmer Nadjiwon, Artist and Master Carver, entitled "Seven Grandfather Teachings about Chaos on Turtle Island". This project is an innovative effort to explain the importance of intangible aspects of Anishinaabe culture. Culture is not defined simply through material representations, but shines through beliefs, stories, and other intangible methods of transmission.
The Good People is a recipient of a 2010 Ontario Museum Association Award of Excellence, a 2011 Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Museums Honourable Mention in the History Alive! category, and a 2012 Owen Sound Cultural Award.