Crier was part of the local delegation that traveled to Britain to document and photograph the historic artefacts.

“One of the reasons I said yes to going was because we weren’t just going to look at the items and keep that knowledge to ourselves, we were going out there to eventually create this website that illustrates really who we are, then delivering it comes down to our community.

Former Blackfoot Jerry Potts says some of these items date back to the 1700s, so the importance of being able to show these items is immeasurable.

“Some of these items came from the first contact the Blackfoot had with the settlers. The material we’re looking at was developed before any trade, so they were made with natural feathers and dyes, ”says Potts. “The Blackfoot are so connected to nature and the landscape that you look at these objects and try to imagine what they saw. Our culture and belief system are captured in this art – there is a lot of value in it. “

Potts sees the website as an important tool for educating Blackfoot youth and non-Indigenous peoples.

New Media Professor Christine Clark says the use of 3D imaging technology has allowed them to bring objects to life in ways that would not have been possible before.



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