Current IssueSpring 2017

ISABELLE CHARRON

La précieuse « boëte » de Marie-Josèphe. Trajectoire d’une boîte, écrin d’une vie

Abstract: In 1790, in the small village of Petite-Rivière-Saint- François, nestled between the mountain and the Saint Lawrence River, a woman glued a handwritten note inside a box. Fearing that the box could be stolen, she threatened anyone who took it with harsh punishment. Why? This article explores the box’s possible origins, its provenance, and its acquisition by ethnologist Marius Barbeau in 1930. Fundamental aspects of the woman’s life will also be addressed, examining various aspects of the sociocultural history of the Charlevoix and Côte de Beaupré regions of Québec at the end of the 18th century. The article covers two intertwining stories: the story of an object, Mi’Kmaq in origin or influence, and the story of a habitante and her world.

J. I. LITTLE

Harnessing (and Yoking) Ox Power in Canada: A Historical Overview

Abstract: This article demonstrates that the use of oxen continued past the pioneer era in Canada, not only in the more marginal agricultural areas but also on the western Prairies and in the forest industry. It also shows that the iconic hand-crafted neck yoke was not the only means used to exploit ox power, as leather harnesses were used on the prairies, commercially- produced neck yokes in British Columbia, and the distinctive head yoke in Nova Scotia.

ELIZABETH DEANS ROMARIZ

Mobility and Memory: British Architects and Their Tools, ca. 1700- 1780

Abstract: Objects such as tools play an essential role in the history of architecture, yet little scholarly attention has been paid to how they inform the history of the profession. Britain’s object-based culture after the Restoration is particularly revelatory. Both professional and amateur architectural practice shifted away from the gentry as increased accessibility to resources encouraged avocation. This essay looks at objects that testify to a culture of architectural practice beyond professionals and gentlemen, as tools and materials to facilitate drawing became more affordable and portable.

REASEARCH REPORTS


YARA SAEGH AND ANNE BISSONNETTE

Fit for a Sultan: An Investigation of an Ottoman Cairene Carpet in the Collection of the Nickle Galleries

BOOK REVIEWS

 

GREG DAVIES

Review of Langford, Martha, ed. 2017. Narratives Unfolding: National Art Histories in an Unfinished World. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

ADRIAN MORRISON

Review of Maudlin, Daniel and Bernard L. Herman (eds). 2016. Building the British Atlantic World: Spaces, Places and Material Culture, 1600-1850. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. 

SARAH NICHOLSON

Review of Campbell, Claire Elizabeth, ed. 2011. A Century of Parks Canada, 1911-2011. Calgary: University of Calgary Press.

DAVID P. STEPHENS

RReview of Twitchell, James B. 2014. Winnebago Nation: The RV in American Culture. New York: Columbia University Press.