88 Winter Olympis Spirit Sings Media Pin

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Item Description:

During the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary the Glenbow Museum held the Spirit Sings exhibition celebrating the cultural and social life of First Nations peoples.    

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It was the centre of attention to voice out the economic and cultural predicament of First Nations. The Aboriginal people felt they had the right to express their own culture within their own knowledge and protocol. And this positioning contrasted with the traditional western viewpoint to perceive Aboriginal artifacts and culture as part of their primitive past. “The Spirit Sings” was an important milestone for the recognition of our First Nations right to their own culture and a contribution to the much later 2007 Declaration of the Rights of Aboriginal People passed by the United Nations Assembly.

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The Glenbow Museum had issued several pins relating to the exhibition and they became highly sought-after items during the Games.

         

                    

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