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The Money Makers | Les Faiseurs d’argent

During our study of the Charter of Childrens’ Rights, Quebec in the early 1900s, and finally our reading of the novel Iqbal, we’ve been looking at child labour at home and around the world. We’ve looked at it through the eyes of historians, social activists and novelists.

Another way to look at the issue of child labour is through the eyes of an artist. One type of artist is the political cartoonist. What you see below is a an example of a political cartoon which comes from a Quebec magazine from over 100 years ago!

What does this image tell you about child labour in Quebec in 1912? Continue reading

A Visual Response To Super 7 Scoopers “What do the road signs …”

This is a visual response to –

What do the road signs in your country say about you?

I drive by these signs every day on my way to and from work.

In fact, they are located less than 20 minutes away from St. Lawrence School.

Question: Do you know what the language is on these signs?

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Blog Challenge Number 3

Quillwork | Algonquin

The Algonquins decorated their clothes with the quills of porcupines on white talied deer hide.

To prepare the quills air is pressed out of them so the resulting work will lay flat. They do not use flattening tools. Good quill work was with even rows ,uniform width and tiny invisible stitches . The thread used was animal sinew from the fibrous tendons along the spines of deer, moose, elk, or buffalo .

After they soaked the tendons they rolled the tip in between their fingers to make a point. They did not use needles instead they passed the hardened tip of the tendon through the hole made by an awl.

An awl is a tool of ulna bones or other long bones, antlers sharpened to points, fish bones, and even thorns. If they over soak the quills they would stretch and break.  So instead they would moisten them with saliva .

Authors: 10 yr. olds  S.S./O.P./M.B.

Further Reading

Mrs. Theriault’s photographs of Quebec White-tailed Deer (Cerf de Virginie)

First Peoples Index

Schoolboys – do you want to make money during your holidays?

This page is from the Montreal newspaper The Daily World. It appeared in 1926.  Do you think this ad conveys the same feeling and ideas as the artwork in the  Money Makers post? Are they talking about the same thing? Continue reading