Things I Saw Today (Canadian Edition)

Today, my husband and I went to Quebec to visit the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Our whole reason for going was to see the temporary exhibit, “Japan: Tradition. Innovation.” We’ve grown up with anime and manga, and are therefore enamored with that country. The exhibit was really well-organized. Basically, the designers included examples of design from the Edo and modern periods – each eras of prosperity – and examined the similarities. I learned a lot – especially about Edo-era robots!

The other exhibit I really enjoyed was dedicated to the Native Americans of the West Coast. I love the art and how animistic their beliefs were/are. I especially enjoyed reading about the shamans and religious beliefs. The ancestors were central to their spiritual practices and it was necessary to give animals the greatest respect. Hunters sang dirges upon killing an animal. There was also the belief that fish shared a similar pool of souls as humans and that, to throw the fish world out of balance, the human world would be impacted. The display actually said they believed schools of fish were tribes of people in the spirit world. There was also great reverence for the cedar trees because of their many uses. I noticed a lot of spiritual similarities between their beliefs and Druidism. Very interesting and moving.

A spiraling image of animals. I can see a raven and what looks like a grizzly bear. (Photo by my husband.)
From Canada

"The ancestors are with us, working..." (Photo by my husband)
From Canada

Shamanic masks (photo by my husband).
From Canada

A statue of a whale (photo by my husband).
From Canada

We also saw a lovely zen garden. (photo by my husband)
From Canada

Parliament building in Ottawa. (photo by my husband)
From Canada

Published by M. A. Phillips

An author and Druid living in Northern NY.

3 thoughts on “Things I Saw Today (Canadian Edition)

  1. Hello! Lucky of you to be able to photograph inside the museum. I know some places get nervous when they see cameras, so I’m happy for those who jump at the chance for free publicity.^^

    That zen garden is stunning. I’ve always wanted to try making one in my garden but it’s so warm/humid here in the summer that I’d probably be picking weeds from the gravel every hour. I’ll have to settle for photos or desktop versions for now!

    Thanks for the Canadian edition. Love all the photos and the story behind the adventure.


  2. Wonderful Blog, I to am a fellow ADF from Canada. I was born in Ottawa and enjoyed the photo of the Parliament Buildings it remeinds me of the great times of Canada Day July 1.
    Bright blessings Moontiger

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