For the Innu of the vast Basse-Côte-Nord, Minganie, and Lac-Saint-Jean regions of Québec, the pace of daily life has been closely linked to the cycle of the seasons. Largely drawn from the archives and collections at Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ), the photographs included in Nomades - Matshinanu – Nomads offer an uncompromising look at the close relationship between one of the last nomadic groups in North America and their environment. Inspired by the photographs and drawing from her own experience, Innu poet and director Joséphine Bacon, lyricist for Chloé Sainte-Marie and author of Bâtons à message – Tshissinuatshitakana (2009), has created a sensitive poetic text – “Innu haiku, images in my language”, as she puts it – that forms a framework for this striking plunge into the daily life of the Innu people.
As the largest cultural institution in Québec and an essential pillar of the society of knowledge, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) strives to offer free access to culture and knowledge. To this end, BAnQ collects, preserves, and disseminates Québec heritage related documents. BAnQ also acts as public, national library for all of Québec.
The presentation of this exhibit at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars was made possible thanks to the collaboration of the Québec Government.
The exhibit will be featured at the Wilson Center from June 21, 2013 until September 30, 2013.