The surprising connection between 1938 recordings and the Anishinaabe woman who tracked them down
You might call it a strange coincidence, but Bimadoshka (Annya) Pucan calls it fate.
Pucan, a student at Western University, hails from Saugeen First Nation in the northern part of southwestern Ontario.
In 2011,she stumbled across wax cylinder recordings from the late 1930s. The recordings contain conversations between Dr. Edwin Seaborn — a founder of London's University Hospital who wrote about medicines of various cultures. ...and Robert Thompson, an Indigenous community leader who lived on Chief's Point reserve near Sauble Beach.
The recordings - which sat untouched for years - were donated to Museum London in 1975. Pucan set out to interpret them, with the help of elders in her community.
A personal connection
As Afternoon Drive host Chris dela Torre found out, the recordings are filled with valuable songs and stories to her Anishinaabe heritage...and struck a personal chord for Annya in ways she could've never expected.
The recordings are the basis of a new exhibit at Museum London called 'Voices of Chief's Point', on display until September 14.
Have a listen to Chris dela Torre's visit to Museum London to speak to Annya Pucan: