In the Yadia’wish room (the Turtle room), overlooking the river, the Museum presents a continually updated calendar of exhibits found here and in other institutions. Whether artistic or ethnological in nature, these exhibits allow visitors to further their knowledge of specific aspects of Wendat culture, discover other Amerindian cultures, or appreciate the genius and creativity of Aboriginal artists of yesterday and today. Contact us to learn about current and upcoming exhibits!
Mirror of a People
The Works and Legacy of Zacharie Vincent
Hunter, guide, war chief, council chief, husband and father, Tehariolin Zacharie Vincent (1815-1886) remains an enigma. His French-Canadian contemporaries, Antoine Plamondon and F.-X. Garneau, portrayed him as a mythic figure, the Last of the Hurons. Displeased, Tehariolin replied with a weapon that no warrior had wielded before: a paintbrush! Producing multi-layered self-portraits, rich in symbols, along with paintings and drawings of village life and the territory, he bore witness to his nation and era. Later, he discovered the power of photography and of reproductions as a means of diffusion.
As an artist, he was popular with the British aristocracy of the 19th century but disappeared from the collective consciousness of the Wendat for many years. The rediscovery of his work began at the end of the 20th century, when First Nations artists undertook the struggle to regain control of how their people were portrayed. But, beyond the legend, who exactly was Tehariolin Zacharie Vincent? The last vestige of a civilization condemned to extinction? Or an avant-garde artist, a warrior for Aboriginal self-portrayal and pioneer of contemporary aboriginal art? The power of his legacy and the vitality of those he influenced are an eloquent answer.