Métis Collector: Denis Tremblay

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Denis Tremblay, a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario, Canada, uses collecting of Métis and First Nations art to understand and appreciate his heritage, and to educate his own communities and the broader public. He started collecting artifacts in his twenties after he discovered more about his Native heritage. For over forty years, he has collected contemporary and historical material culture primarily from the vicinity of Sudbury and Northern Ontario. The historical artifacts are valuable to Tremblay in their ability to provide tangible examples of Native creativity for the education of the public and his own personal interests.

Tremblay describes the importance of his collection to his identity: “The collection cements me to my heritage, it’s a direct connection with my past… When I pick up an artifact, it feels like a direct connection with my ancestors. I’m touching these items that they touched.” Tremblay actively collects pieces and also receives donations for the collection. He displays his collection at many Métis annual gatherings and celebrations for the benefit of Métis and people interested in learning more about Native culture and heritage in Ontario.

Denis TremblayDenis TremblayAboriginal artifact collector and amateur historian, 2009
Courtesy of Denis Tremblay
Detail of Beaded Jacket Detail of Beaded Jacket Ojibwe - Anishinaabe / Métis style jacket, (Northern Ontario), c. 1900s
Beads, cotton thread and moose hide
Denis Tremblay Collection
Courtesy of Denis Tremblay and Gloria Bell
High Top MoccasinsHigh Top MoccasinsMrs. Lloyd Stahle, (Ojibwe - Anishinaabe / Métis (?) style from Northern Ontario), c.1900s
Beads, cotton thread, moose hide, and pony hair
Denis Tremblay Collection
Courtesy of Denis Tremblay and Gloria Bell
Front View of Beaded Leather PouchFront View of Beaded Leather PouchOjibwe - Anishinaabe / Métis (?) style leather pouch, c. 1900s
Beads and smoked deer hide
Denis Tremblay Collection
Courtesy of Denis Tremblay and Gloria Bell
Denis TremblayDetail of Beaded Jacket High Top MoccasinsFront View of Beaded Leather Pouch
Back View of Beaded Leather PouchBack View of Beaded Leather PouchOjibwe - Anishinaabe / Métis (?) style leather pouch, c. 1900s
Beads and smoked deer hide
Denis Tremblay Collection
Courtesy of Denis Tremblay and Gloria Bell
   
Back View of Beaded Leather Pouch   
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