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Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute is a museum, archive, library and a teaching centre.

ACCI flows from the knowledge that Cree culture must be captured, maintained, shared, celebrated, and practiced. Cree Elders have spoken of the need for a central place for the protection of the way, and have developed a vision for Aanischaaukamikw over several decades.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

ACCI Collection Officer, Paula Menarick @ Otsego!

ACCI Collection Officer, Paula Menarick @ Otsego!

 It was a privilege to attend the 2015 Otsego Institute for Native North American Art History summer seminars in Cooperstown, New York. We focused on connoisseurship of materials and the theorization of materiality. 

What is the Otsego Institute?     
“The Otsego Institute for Native American Art History was founded in 1996 to support and promote the highest standards in the field of Native American art history. Between 1997 and 2002, the Otsego Institute symposium, planned by the institute and sponsored by NYSHA, brought together Native and non-Native artists, museum professionals and scholars, to address theoretical issues in the study of Native American art.   In 2002, the format of Otsego Institute activities was modified from an academic conference to an advanced workshop for graduate students who examined Native American art history within a framework of formal lectures, hands-on workshops, and informal discussion of contemporary research and scholarly practices with co-participants and faculty.” http://www.otsegoinstitute.org/

The seminars consisted of readings, lectures, group discussions, hands on activities with objects from the Thaw Collection of American Indian Art. Each participant presented an object related to their current and prospective dissertations and curatorial projects. I chose to present a James Bay Cree Beaded Hood that related to the ACCI replication project, where I made a beaded cap and contemporary versions of a beaded hood using traditional techniques. 

“Hood” 1860 ca. in Fenimore Art Museum, T0788, www.collections.fenimoreartmuseum.org/items/show/851

It was an honour to interact with this hood and to learn about other First Nations objects such as a Yup'ik Eskimo Story Knife, a Central Plains Parfleche Envelope, and an Osage Women's Wearing Blanket - to name but a few.

The Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute and I would like to thank the Otsego Institute faculty, co-participants and organizing team for a great learning experience. We look forward to new partnerships with the Fenimore Art Museum.

 Paula Menarick 

Photo Credits: Jonathan Holstein & Paula Menarick

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

International Archives Day 2015

June 9, 2015 is International Archives Day!

To celebrate ACCI has added a photo to the International Council of Archives International Archives Day 2015 web page.


Last year's 2014 submission was a photo from the Dr. Richard Preston fonds, and this year we are proud to use one of Dr. Harvey Feit's photos.

For more information about International Archives Day check out the ICA event page or check them out on Facebook.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Earth Day 2015 - 25th Anniversary of the Odeyak

Yesterday was an inspiring day to honour an inspiring and heroic voyage. Earth Day, April 22, marked the 25th anniversary of the journey of the Odeyak from Whapmagoostui to New York City. Youth delegates Elders along with past and present Cree leaders from all corners of Eeyou Istchee gathered together at Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute (ACCI) to commemorate and celebrate the remarkable effort of the Inuit and Cree peoples to stop the damming of the Great Whale River.  

Daniel Bosum Sr.

The day was launched with a warm welcome from Joshua Iserhoff, Youth Grand Chief of the Cree Nation Youth Council, ACCI’s president Abel Bosum & Willie Iserhoff, Director of Culture for the Cree Nation Government. A beautiful blessing from elder Daniel Bosum Sr. and opening hand drum song from Redfern Mianscum set the tone for the day.

Original paddles from the Odeyak voyage were reunited with the watercraft. One paddle coming from Vermont, donated by Dr. Hans Carlson, and the others coming from Eastmain, donated by CBC’s own Christopher Herodier. We thank them for their generous donation; the paddles will become part of the permanent collection at ACCI.

Odeyak Paddlers & Nishiyuu Walkers

The day was not only a day of commemoration, youth empowerment and environmental stewardship, but also day of celebration! CBC North’s Christopher Herodier broadcast live from Aanischaaukamikw during the lunch hubbub for his radio show Eyou Dipajimoon, when delegates and participants had a chance to mingle, chat with old friends and meet new ones. After lunch Powwow dancer Darren Saganash danced as the Waseshkun Drummers from Waswanipi filled the Billy Diamond Hall with the heartbeat of the drum. Lloyd Cheechoo, Richard Bosum, & Diane Bosum sang beautiful songs for us. Christopher Herodier made an impromptu performance with some great tunes. The day ended fittingly with a stunning vocal performance from rising star Miriame Hasni. 

The Cree Nation Youth Council and ACCI could not have realized this important regional event without the generous support from the Cree Nation Government’s Department of Culture, the Ministry of Culture of Quebec, Air Creebec, Cree Outfitters and Tourism Association, Cree Native Arts and Crafts Association, and Ouje-Bougoumou Cree First Nation.

Nick Wapachee in line at the feast
Elder's at the feast
Matthew Mukash
Nick Wapachee, Miriame Hasni

Odeyak Cake - Willie Iserhoff, Matthew Mukash, Sarah Pash & Able Bosum

Stella Masty Bearskin & Abel Bosum