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Manitoba History No. 89

No. 89

Summer Field Trip 2019
Field Trip

Fall Field Trip 2019
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War Memorials in Manitoba
in Manitoba

This Old Elevator
This Old

Abandoned Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans

Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Nutimik Lake Museum (Whiteshell Provincial Park)

The Whiteshell Natural History Museum in Whiteshell Provincial Park, opened in 1960 and located in a log building, features mounted wildlife displays of local animals. Other displays feature the boreal forest, Canadian Aboriginal peoples, petroforms, sturgeon, and the Winnipeg River. Nearby are plaques erected by the Historic Sites Advisory Board of Manitoba on “Old Copper” and Wild Ricing in Manitoba.

The prehistoric manufacture of tools, weapons, and ornaments from native copper was a tradition that was introduced into Manitoba at least 4,000 years ago. The raw metal came from lands about the shores of Lake Superior. The copper was hammered into shape using stone cobbles and mallets. Occasional exposure to heat during manufacturing rendered the material less brittle. While many finished artifacts were no doubt traded or carried into Manitoba from elsewhere, others were made locally by craftsmen who acquired the raw metal from its place of origin to the southeast. Old copper artifacts have been found in the boreal forest, aspen parkland, and grasslands of southern Manitoba, including in the Indigenous burial mounds at Star Mound. The Red and Winnipeg rivers are believed to have been critical links in the major trade and migration routes from the heartland of Old Copper culture in Wisconsin.

Nutimik Lake Museum

Nutimik Lake Museum (March 2017)
Source: George Penner

Nutimik Lake Museum

Old Copper commemorative plaque at the Nutimik Lake Museum (March 2017)
Source: George Penner

Site Location (lat/long): N50.14231, W95.68920
denoted by symbol on the map above


We thank Ed Ledohowski for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by George Penner and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 August 2017

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