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distances. Horses have also played a role in spirituality and traditional cul- tural practices around the world, in places as diverse as Burkina Faso, India, Siberia and North America. The Horse showcases fossils and skeletons, prehistoric cave art and contemporary sculpture, vintage pho- tographs, prints and posters, ceramics, toys, sports equipment, examples of riding gear from around the world, and many other cultural objects. Visi- tors will admire the full suit of 15th- century German horse armour, the exquisite Samurai saddle from Japan, and the First World War painting of the Canadian cavalry in action. People of all ages will enjoy the interactive stations where they can touch hoofs and teeth, or see how they measure up against a life-sized bas-relief of a horse. They will be enthralled by the high-definition video of a thoroughbred horse in motion, every rippling muscle magni- fied on a large screen as its hoofs thunder across the ground. They will unearth intriguing clues about the domestication of horses when they


Gatineau, the Field Museum in Chicago, and the San Diego Natural History Museum.


“Bringing The Horse to the Museum of Civilization gives us an opportunity to incorporate additional artifacts from a number of Canadian sources,” says Dr. Sheldon Posen, Curator of Canadian Folklife at the Museum. “We have added a weathervane, Métis buffalo hunter gear and other items from our own collections, and art from the Cana- dian War Museum. We are showcasing a horse-drawn fire engine from the Canadian Museum of Science and Technol- ogy that was used to fight the great Ottawa-Hull fire of 1900. The National Gallery of Canada has contributed Run- ning Horses, the fantastic, 11-piece sculptural installation by celebrated Saskatchewan artist Joe Fafard.”


The Museum is inviting visitors to participate in open-


ing weekend festivities from May 28 to 30 and partake in a series of special events, entertainment and other activities planned for the coming months.


The Horse will be presented until January 2, 2011 at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, in Gatineau, Quebec. The Canadian Museum of Civilization is an expert cen- tre for research and public information on the social and human history of the country. Located on the shores of the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Quebec, the Museum is Canada’s largest and most popular cultural institution, attracting over 1.3 million visitors each year. The Museum of Civilization preserves the heritage of Canada for present and future gen- erations, contributing to the promotion and broadening of Canadian identity.


Flying Dutchman, a Friesian horse owned by Vladimir Plochaninoff. Photo © AMNH/R. Mickens


explore the re-creation of an archaeo- logical dig in Kazakhstan.


This international exhibition is organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York, in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage in the United Arab Emirates, the Cana- dian Museum of Civilization in


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