Fort Erie Museum Services celebrates Indigenous History Month

Fort Erie Museum Services is inviting the public to explore Indigenous History Month through ‘Mewinzha: A Journey Back in Time’.

This exhibition, located at 100 Queen Street in the lobby of the Public Bridge Authority, is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Credit: Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority

The gallery is a collaborative effort between the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre, Archaeological Services Inc., the Public Bridge Authority, and the Town’s Museum Services. It honours the Indigenous people who lived, traded, and developed a flint-knapping industry in the area.

The word ‘Mewinzha’ means ‘a long time ago’ and reflects the ancient roots of the artifacts on display; Fort Erie’s rich Indigenous history spans more than 13,000 years.

Visitors to the gallery will find tools and weapons dating back 11,000 years alongside contemporary Indigenous artwork. Highlights include Genesee spear heads, Meadowood cache blades, Lamoka points, and Iroquoian triangular points.

The exhibit also showcases a recreation of a 4,000-year-old dog burial, various ancient artifacts, and items like glass trade beads, copper beads, and effigy pipes, mostly uncovered during excavations at the Peace Bridge site.

The gallery is part of the larger exhibit space in the Peace Bridge administration building, which also features ‘The Bridge that Peace Built’, which chronicles the history of the Peace Bridge through hundreds of photographs.

This exhibit was developed by Fort Erie Museum Services in collaboration with the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society.

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