The Land Provides - People Survive

Exhibition
Date: 
Saturday, May 2, 2020 to Sunday, October 4, 2020
 

This exhibition, curated by David Hawke, is a story of adventure and survival. Our survival. Like all other living things, we too need the basics of food, water and shelter. From the beginnings of our existence of living within this region, the land has provided good soil, abundant food sources and, along with our ability of manufacturing, the raw materials for shelter building. 

Everything we have today: our commerce, our lifestyles, our agriculture, is based upon what the land has provided. Often labelled as “natural resources” we have utilized the components of the land to ensure our overall survival. From the day a wandering family of Paleo’s tracked a wounded mammoth to a sand pit in Innisfil to today’s concerns of environmental sustainability, we are of the land, as the land has provided for us.  

Through the linked industries of the fur trade, lumbering operations, military establishment, colonization, industrialization and now tourism and recreation… it’s always been about what the land provides. Our social history started with and continues to this day to be tightly entwined with natural history. 

However, what if during the natural succession of plants and animals establishing themselves here, Nature had omitted the white pine tree, the beaver and the maple tree? These are the big three drivers that lured humans to create a homeland within this region; without them our road maps of today would look very different.  

 

The exhibition will question our understanding of the local landscape and put it’s environmental profile under a spotlight. What if, during the natural succession of plants and animals establishing themselves, Nature had omitted the white pine tree, the beaver and the maple tree? These are the big three drivers that lured humans to create a homeland within this region; without them our road maps of today would look very different. Our social history has been, and continues to this day, tightly entwined with natural history.

 

The Land Provides - People Survive will encompass the natural and social histories of this area to demonstrate how everything we have today from commerce, agriculture, recreation, and so on, is based upon what the land has provided in the past. 

 

This exhibition will be on view in the Upper Gallery.