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Tikinagan baby carrier returned to family over 50 years after it was taken by museum Social Sharing – CBC

Apr 07, 2022

‘It’s part of us. It’s part of me,’ says Anishinaabe elder who received the repatriated item last month

An Anishinaabe elder feels closer to her late parents after a museum in Winnipeg repatriated a tikinagan that was taken away from their family in the 1960s.

“My mom said I was the last baby in this tikinagan. That makes me proud to have been in this tikinagan,” said Martina Fisher.

A tikinagan is a traditional tool used by Anishinaabeg to carry infants. Fisher, who is Anishinaabe from Bloodvein First Nation, also describes it as a child’s first form of education, because they go everywhere the mother does in the community.

She recently took possession of the tikinagan that was made by her grandfather and sold to a curator from Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum around 1968.

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