Highlights of Our Upcoming AGM

Our AGM is coming up this Sunday - May 7th at the Mary March Museum in Grand Falls-Windsor.

Here are the highlights:

  • Opening - Drummers
  • Attending to Business
  • Guest Speaker, Chief Mi'sel Joe
  • Unveiling of a Burial Shroud by textile artist, Megan Samms

This is shaping up to be an extremely interesting afternoon.  One you won't want to miss!

We look forward to seeing all our members at the meeting.

As an organization, our objective is to develop a better public knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the history and culture of the Beothuk, of their prehistoric ancestors, and of other First Nation Peoples of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. If you are interested, why not join us at our AGM. New members are always welcome.

Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time:  1:00 pm start
Location: Mary March Museum
Grand Falls-Windsor

Mi'sel Joe;  Photo Credits: CBC

Burial Shroud for Shanawdithit - Work of Art by Megan Samms

This work of art is being donated to the Beothuk Institute by textile artist, Megan Samms.  It will be unveiled during our AGM

My life and my work, both in forestry and textiles, are continually and dually inspired by the simple and traditional, by process and the natural world.

... I feel lucky to have learned the history of the Beothuk in grade school. I can’t remember to which teacher I owe gratitude but it was only as an adult that I learned not everyone in Canada learned the history, importance and grievous colonial degradation of their indigenous peoples. I myself am mixed blood - Mi’kmaq, N’lakapamux, Quebecois and Italian. I identify mainly as Mi’kmaq and a Newfoundlander having grown up in the Codroy Valley, Newfoundland.

...  According to my research, Beothuk peoples were wrapped in birch bark after death and placed on the earth or slightly below the surface, laid in a cave or rock shelter, sometimes they were placed in a burial box or in a burial hut. People were well respected in death and given copious grave goods ranging from food, animal parts, miniature canoes, smudge, clothing, packets of ochre, pendants, wooden figurines, utensils, bows and quivers, fire stones and other tools.

Source:  Various excerpts by Megan Samms

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