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Art Gallery of Ontario: The Indigenous Collection

The Indigenous Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) "includes works from the First Peoples of North America, namely First Nations, Inuit, and Metis" as well as "global Indigenous Art from Africa, Australia, and the Torres Strait Islands." The collection is a combination of traditional artifacts (such as an Anishinaabe thunderbird strap, dating from 1780, decorated with a porcupine quill frieze) and more contemporary works (such as Rebecca Belmore's Rising to the Occasion, a multimedia sculpture in the shape of a dress with a halo above it, created 1987-91). Search can be a bit frustrating because "Indigenous" is simply one of the filters that can be used to limit results retrieved from the entire AGO collection online, and it can be difficult to return to the main Indigenous Collection page after a search. In addition, some items mentioned on the collection's homepage, such 327 boomerangs that were donated to the AGO in 2002, along with more than 1,000 Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks, cannot be retrieved in a search.
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Date of Scout Publication 2018-07-27
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