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Tier 3

Food & Drink
World Cultures ➔ Water Bag

A type of container sack made from an inner tube held together by a rubber ring, 28-30 cm in diameter, covered with a strip of rubber. This ring permits the sack to be attached to a long cord.;Meant to be used to withdraw water from a well. This material is part of a large collection intended to document the traditional nomadic lifestyles and material culture of 4 tribes: Lapp or Sami, Tuareg, Wodaabe, and Kazak, 'at the turn of the Millenium'. They will enhance the Museum's extensive ethnographic holdings of cultural materials from this part of the world. They will also be used to mount the Public Museum's own temporary version of the original 'Nomads' exhibition. The accompanying video material creates a context for the artifacts, explaining the hardships the nomads face as their traditional ways of life collide with the sedentary people surrounding them.;This material was collected from unknown tribal members in their countries around 1991 and 1992 by Francois Tremblay of the Musee de la Civilisation, Quebec. It was imported to Canada, cataloged, and put on exhibition in 'Nomads'. Some of the material was put into storage until the Musee de la Civilisation no longer wished to pay this expense. It was then offered to any museum that would pay for the shipping. I heard of the opportunity from Michael Stafford, former PMGR intern and current Curator of Anthropology at Cranbrook Institute of Science, and pursued the matter with Francois Tremblay. The original collection and exhibition included a fifth group, the Montagnais (Innu) people of northern Quebec, but this material was transferred instead to a Montagnais museum in Quebec.;Originally all of the world's cultures started out with nomadic lifestyles, first as hunter/gatherers and later joined by seasonal gardeners and herdsmen. At the turn of the Millenium (1999-2001) there are few remaining nomadic groups, as most others have adopted or developed a sedentary lifestyle dependent on agriculture and/or trade.Four such remaining nomadic cultures were documented in 1991-92 for the 'Nomads' exhibition. At that time, the remaining nomadic people were increasingly encroached upon and restricted by sedentary settlers, roads, international political boundaries, and other developments.
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Gift Of Quebec, Canada The Musee De La Civilisation

Discover: West Michigan's Newcomers (October 14 2019)
Grand Rapids encountered a dramatic change in terms of landscape, population, and diversity beginning in the early to mid 1800’s. West Michigan’s Newcomers focuses on the people who made West Michigan their home, highlighting their stories and contributions that shaped our community. Learners will explore GRPM’s Newcomers: The People of this Place exhibit, engaging in artifact discovery and exhibit interpretation. Programming will share the story of where immigrants traveled from and why they moved; from there, students will uncover the major contributions and traditions that newcomers brought with them which allowed Grand Rapids to develop into the city it is today.

  • Students will be able to explain why families left their homes to move to West Michigan, as well as the obstacles they faced when they arrived.
  • Students will be able to provide examples of cultural elements newcomers contributed to Grand Rapids, making connections with cultural elements that are still present today.
  • Students will be able to provide examples of how West Michigan’s newcomers impacted industry and manufacturing in Grand Rapids and West Michigan.

Curriculum Connections:
  • Michigan K-12 Social Studies Standards: Michigan K-12 Social Studies Standards: H1 The World in Temporal Terms: Historical Habits of Mind, H2 Living and Working Together in Families and Communities, Now and Long Ago, H3 The History of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region, H5 The History of Peoples from Many Cultures from Around the World, G1 The World in Spatial Terms: Geographical Habits of Mind, G2 Places and Regions, G4 Human Systems, G5 Environment and Society, P1 Reading and Communication, P2 Inquiry Research and Analysis
  • ELA Common Core Standards for Reading: Informational Text

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