Ancient masks and ancient arrows are among the items in this auction
Ancient arrows and masks are among a handful of items on sale at a museum in Ottawa.
Auctioneer Paul Bock says he has been putting on some shows at the Mount Royal Botanical Gardens, where a lot of ancient items are on display.
“We’re doing some things in the gardens and the ancient arts.
We’ve got an arrow museum, we’ve got a bronze sculpture, we have a lot and we’re doing things in that area, but it’s a little bit of a niche,” he said.”
There’s some really interesting items in there.”
For a few years now, Mr Bock has been working with a group of Indigenous people to put on exhibits at the Botanical gardens, which are part of the Mount Richard Mound Provincial Park.
“They’re very sensitive and they’re very respectful of the place.
We just wanted to show them that we’re not just an item that happens to be there,” he explained.”
It’s a story of people from different parts of the country.
We can be from anywhere in the world, and we all have stories that we share.””
We don’t want to be in a museum, and that’s where we want to go,” Mr Bocks said.
Mr Bock said he was interested in a lot more of the items than he originally expected.
“A lot of it is not what we think, but we think we might be able to do something,” he told the ABC.
“I think the other thing that was very interesting is we had a lot on display that was from a very early era.
We didn’t know that there were these early items that were part of this story.”
Mr Bocks has been selling artifacts and items from a collection dating back to the Neolithic period.
“The Neolithic people lived in what is now central Victoria and they have a story that is not often told.
They have a very particular way of living and they use the environment in their lives.
So it’s very interesting to hear stories about this time and this time period,” he added.
Mr Kainatanakarathna said it was an interesting time to be an Indigenous person in this country.
“For me, I grew up in the bush, and I came from a different environment and I was raised in a different culture, so it’s been very interesting for me,” he shared.
“But it was not something I was really aware of until I came here, so I am very curious to hear what we can learn from these objects and this period in our history.”
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