Essay on Aboriginal

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Museum Visit Paper

Through the visit of The First Peoples Collection of the McCord Museum, many Indigenous clothing, ornaments and pictures serve as elements to complete class lectures. For instance, the Raven Rattle is a good example showing the respect that Aboriginal people have toward the spirit of the animals. In their culture, animals contributed to the world creation and ensured the survival of human (Aboriginal Worldviews). Another concept which enhance class lecture is the symbol of circle. Many pieces of art feature the inclusion of the circle. In fact, the circle is a sacred symbol of the cycle of life. It suggests connection and interdependence of all form of life. Moreover, the concept of renewal and revitalization can be
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Within Aboriginal culture, these two objects have different functions and significations.
The Raven Rattle is an object composed of four different elements. The first element is a raven holding something in its beak. It is said that the raven is responsible for bringing sunlight to humanity. In other words, the raven is the embodiment of hope. The second element is a man on the raven’s back. The third element is a frog, which is on the man’s chest. One can observed that the man’s tongue is joined to the frog’s mouth, representing the transfer of knowledge. Finally, the last element is a bird located between the man’s legs. Historically, Aboriginal peoples prioritized collectivity and community over individualism (Aboriginal Worldviews). In fact, Aboriginal people give importance to a close relationship with animals. Since the survival of each life form is dependent on the survival of all others. The Raven Rattle is located at the beginning of the exhibition. The complexity of the shape is what makes the object appealing to the visitor. Perhaps the reason of its location is due to its shape.
The Pouch is a dress accessory which has a rounded and circular shape. Its surface is composed of several circles expressing the significance of the world. Circles are part of the natural order of creation – from the water cycle to the seasons to the cycle of birth and death – and as such, the circle signifies transformation and movement (Aboriginal Worldviews). In fact, the circle

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