It’s now been 25 years since the opening of the First Nations Gallery at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.
The anniversary was celebrated yesterday with presentations, songs from the Kawakatoose boys drum band, and a performance from hoop dancer Terry Littletent.
Miriam Thomas from the Pelican Narrows First Nation built the tipi that sits in the museum display, and says there was some difficulty with building it in 1993.
“When I think about it late, it was an honour for me to do it because a tipi is more than just a tipi or just a thing to see in a museum,” Thomas says. “A tipi years and years ago was a home.”
Former Curator of the gallery Margaret Hanna says not much thought was given about the accomplishment it was to finish the gallery.
“It was here, it was done, and then we moved on to other projects that needed doing, and we always thought that eventually something will have to change in it, and I see that there’s now a new exhibit at the end about how we’re all treaty people.”
As many as three million people have visited the First Nations Gallery since it’s opening in 1993.