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The Spirit of Beads: Sharing Our Stories

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The Spirit of Beads: Sharing our Stories is an exhibition presented in co-operation with the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto.

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The Spirit of Beads: Sharing our Stories focuses on beadwork and its significance, examining the similarities and differences in techniques, motifs, and symbolism among the many types of traditional Indigenous and Ukrainian beadwork. It addresses the history of the bead trade in North America and Ukraine, tracing the origin of beads from natural materials such as stones, shells, and bones, to commercially-manufactured beads. The Spirit of Beads: Sharing our Stories includes a selection of many forms of beadwork, including clothing, necklaces, pendants, and earrings. Displays feature modern pieces of beadwork from contemporary artists alongside historical objects from Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Ontario Branch and the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, demonstrating how modern beadwork re-invents and expresses past and present understandings of cultural identity.

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