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Objects and Materials

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All Kinds of Objects!
First Nations people used materials they found in their environment to make things.

Look at the photographs of these objects. They were made by the Wolastoqiyik people who live in New Brunswick.
Basket
large utiliarian basket
basket, c. 1890, First Nations; Wolastoqiyik

Unknown, photographed by W. Mark Polchies


1978.136

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Learning Object: Currency of Change
Beadwork Frontlet
Beadwork Frontlet
frontlet, 1884-1888, First Nations; Wolastoqiyik

Attributed to Mary Acquin


1959.88.2B

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Learning Object: Art of the Land
Birchbark Box
birchbark hatbox
hatbox, c. 1860, First Nations; Wolastoqiyik ?

Unknown


1943.114

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Learning Object: Seasons of Change
Canoe
canoe
canoe, c. 1875, First Nations; Wolastoqiyik

Unknown


41997

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Learning Object: Seasons of Change
Sable (marten) Trap
Trap model, used for trapping sable (marten)
trap model, c. 1940, used for trapping sable (marten), Woodstock First Nation

Major Edwin Tappan Adney, 1868-1950


1943.119

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Learning Object: Seasons of Change
Snowshoes
Snowshoes by Terry Lee
snowshoes, c. 1875, First Nations; Wolastoqiyik ?

Terry Lee


1954.122

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Learning Object: Seasons of Change
Talking Stick
talking stick
talking stick, c. 1977, First Nations; Wolastoqiyik, Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation)

Abner Paul


1995.27.177.1

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Trade Goods: Silver Crown
Silver crown
crown, 1800-1830

Unknown


1979.130.1

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Learning Object: Currency of Change
Objects are Made from Materials
Let’s think about the materials that these objects were made from.

1. Make the following headings in your notebook. OBJECT MATERIAL USE PROPERTIES

2. Under OBECT, list the objects in the photos.

3. Under MATERIAL, write down your guess of what material each object is this made from.

4. Under USE, write down what you think the people who made these things used them for.

5. Under PROPERTIES, write down what properties this material has that makes it a good choice to
make this object.

For example:
OBJECT MATERIAL USE PROPERTIES
crown metal to wear Metal was used because it is shiny and nice to look at.
Challenge!
Add to your chart one object that you can make. What material do you use to make it? What properties does this material have that make it a good choice?

Learning Objectives

Grade 1,2,3 Materials, Objects, Structures (ON,BC)

Materials and Objects is designed for primary students to explore the relationship between materials and their funcational use as objects, using images of objects created by the Wolastoqiyik people of New Brunswick.

Specific Learning Outcomes:

-students will recognize that objects are made of materials
-students will connect materials to function
-students will explore the properties of materials and make connections to real-world applications
-students will explore First Nations cultural history, craftsmanship, and interaction with their environment
-students will make connections between objects, materials, and First Nations culture to their own lives