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Museums: October 2012 Archives

Take a virtual tour of the Cree Cultural Centre

Cree Cultural Institute interior.jpgThere's a new museum in Quebec - and you can visit it from anywhere in the province.

The Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute is a beautiful spruce-beam structure shaped like a traditional Cree longhouse tent.

It holds a collection of cultural artefacts from the James Bay Cree heritage, dating back to the 1700s.

And it's in Oujé Bougoumou in the James Bay region.

But we can all go to the museum because its website offers a virtual visit. You can walk the rooms, zoom in to see artefacts, read stories told by local Cree residents, and see films relating to the objects.

It's such a rich interactive website that it won an award this week from the International Council of Museums. And it was up against museums on the scale of the Louvre in Paris, as well as institutions in Germany, Portugal, Italy and Taiwan. No small feat.

We've got the executive director of the museum with us this morning - Stephen Inglis.

Before he got involved with the Cree Cultural Institute, he was the director general of research and collections at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa.

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