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Major new travelling exhibition set to launch at CCAG

August 12, 2013

Official opening for Ni'n na L'nu: The Mi'kmaq of Prince Edward Island on August 15 (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) - A major new travelling exhibition entitled Ni'n na L'nu: The Mi'kmaq of Prince Edward Island (pronounced ‘Neen naw ul noo') is set to open at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery on August 15.

The exhibition brings a broad look at the Mi'kmaw history of Prince Edward Island, from the most ancient archaeological record to today. Five wigwam-inspired structures use their large exterior and interior surfaces to present evocative images and texts. Inside each wigwam is an audio environment which draws visitors into the world of Epekwitk's Mi'kmaw Elders through stories and music. Also featured are interactive exhibits with original and reproduction artifacts.

Developed by the Mi`kmaq Confederacy of PEI through extensive research, input from Mi'kmaw Elders, and the guidance of an advisory committee, the exhibition was made possible through funding and support by the Department of Canadian Heritage, Parks Canada and the Government of Prince Edward Island. Ni'n na L'nu is curated by Jesse Francis of Parks Canada.

A companion book, also entitled Ni'n na L'nu: The Mi'kmaq of Prince Edward, will also be released this month. It is co-authored by Francis and A.J.B. Johnston and published by the Acorn Press.

The Exhibition's official opening takes place on Thursday, August 15 at 6 p.m. at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. Ni'n na L'nu: The Mi'kmaq of Prince Edward Island exhibits until December 22, 2013.
The exhibition will be open to the public at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery until December 2013. In 2014, the exhibition will be featured at the Canadian Museum of Civilization and at the Greenwich Interpretation Centre, P.E.I. National Park. The exhibition is garnering interest from museums across North America and is expected to tour widely.

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Photo Cutline: Mi'kmaw peaked hat, late 19th century, from the collection of the Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation. (John Sylvester, copyright Mi'kmaq Confederacy of P.E.I.)

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