Glenbow Museum in Calgary

Looking at my Flickr for the day you can clearly see my love of rocks.  I used my little camera (Canon powershot) for these photos.  This is a terrific midsize museum. I only wish I had had more time to really read and learn and enjoy it.

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Glowing rocks

The mineral exhibit was awesome with rocks and minerals grouped by chemical composition for the most part. I really loved the glowing rock exhibit I was also interested in the cool Alberta mineral Ammolite.  This is the beautiful mineralization/fossilization of large ammonites.  I also really liked the variety of specimens of gold in situ.

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Ammolite

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Gold

The next exhibit was about warriors in various cultures and times.  Then one on Western African art/culture. Because of my time crunch I did not take many photos though they were both wonderful.

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Warrior exhibit entrance

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Great old tractor just outside of the Maverick Exhibit

The next exhibit was on the Mavericks of Alberta.  Interesting history. There is a companion book to this exhibit. Again time was pressing and I didn’t get any good photos.

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One of my favorite exhibits was a combination of the Niitsitapiisinni: Our Way of Life  and the (Canadian) Native Cultures from the Four Directions: The West – Land of Cedar and Salmon, The East – Land of Lakes and Forests, The North – Land of Long Winters, and The South Land of the Buffalo

Buddha seems to be a theme. With an Asian exhibit featuring many different statues of Buddha along with other Asian statuary and objects.
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Wonderful burnished Buddha

A couple of months ago I read an article on the release of the book “Edward S. Curtis: One Hundred Masterworks“. After doing some research on him I found the book “The North American Indian: The Complete Portfolios” Which is far more comprehensive, showing his complete oeuvre from his well known encyclopedia series. I’ve spent probably four months savoring this book. So imagine my surprise when I turned a corner and there was an exhibit of Curtis’ work based on the 100 masterworks. This was a terrific exhibit of those works in frame. A few likely locally owned items were included.

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The Curtis exhibit

I really enjoyed my time here. Next was the opening of the Pacific Northwest Library Association conference.  If you are interested in that you’ll have to check out my other blog “Library Banter“.  — Jenny


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