Essay #1 (15%) due Oct 5, 2022 (1000 words)



In this assignment you will further explore one of the items in the Human History room at the new Royal Alberta Museum. The field trip is planned for Friday, October 7, 11am. For example, in one of the display cases there is a poster for Indian Days at Banff. When did these "days" take place? What were the events? Who was the intended audience? Another display is for Cheadle's Journal of Trip Across the Arctic. Who was Cheadle? What is his book about? How did it initiate some of the myths about Canada and the Arctic?  There are lots of items for your to explore, some of which may be located near your hometown, or an activity you are familiar with.


Your essay will require secondary sources, but need not be peer-reviewed. Also, you might find you have a personal connection to some of the items, and wish to include your own history in your essay. I encourage you to pursue such directions, and you may write in the first-person. Your essay can be personal and informal, in the sense that you do not need a formal introduction or conclusion.  You may even choose to submit the assignment as a PowerPoint presentation, for example. 

The  musuem is wonderful with lots to explore, so have fun!


If you are unable to attend the museum with the class, but have been to the museum recently and remember some of the items, you may pursue the assignment as stated above. If not, you may use an item from another visit to a museum or gallery, or perhaps you (or your family) have an item in your home. For example, this mantle clock was ubiquitous in homes across Canada for generations. What was is history? Who designed it? Why was it so popular? You may also consider a favourite Canadian book when you were a child and its influence. For example, one of the most influential Canadian novels in my childhood was Farley Mowat's Lost in the Barrens.