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Collections and Research

Photo: © Musée McCord Museum – Laura Dumitriu, 2020

Jonathan Lainey

CURATOR, INDIGENOUS CULTURES

My first real contact with the McCord Museum was in the early 2000s when I was looking at the notes David Ross McCord had taken while visiting Wendake more than a century earlier. Since then, its outstanding collections have often intrigued and challenged me.

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Jonathan Lainey joined the McCord Museum in 2020. He studied anthropology and Indigenous studies at Université Laval and holds a master’s degree in history from the same institution. His areas of interest include the social, political and cultural history of Indigenous Peoples in Quebec and Canada as well as material culture and its interpretation. He has served as Curator, First Peoples, at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau as well as Archivist, indigenous Archives, at Library and Archives Canada.

He has published two books, collaborated in the development of exhibitions and written numerous articles, publications and research reports. He is also a sought-after speaker who has appeared not only in Canada, but also in the Netherlands and Australia at international conferences.

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SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Lainey, Jonathan C. La « monnaie des Sauvages ». Les colliers de wampum d’hier à aujourd’hui. Québec, Septentrion, 2004. 296 p.

Becker, Marshall Joseph et Jonathan C. Lainey, The White Dog Sacrifice: A Post-1800 Rite with an Ornamental Use for Wampum, Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, (Volume 103, Part 3), Philadelphie, 2013. 272 p.

« Une médaille de Louis XV devenue un objet huron-wendat ». Nouvelle-France. Histoire et patrimoine, octobre 2019 : 111-116.

Peace, Thomas et Jonathan Lainey, “Louis Vincent Sawatanen: A Life Forged by Warfare and Migration”, dans Kristin Burnett et Geoff Read, Aboriginal History. A Reader, 2nd ed., Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2016: 106-117.

Lainey, Jonathan C. « Les colliers de wampum comme support mémoriel : le cas du Two-Dog Wampum », dans Alain Beaulieu, Martin Papillon et Stephan Gervais, Les Autochtones et le Québec. Des premiers contacts au Plan Nord. Montréal, Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2013 : 93-111.

Lainey, Jonathan C., « Les Wendats et la France aux XIXe et XXe siècles : la nostalgie d’une alliance », dans Gilles Havard et Mickaël Augeron (dir.), Un continent en partage. Cinq siècles de rencontres entre Amérindiens et Français. Paris, Indes Savantes, collection Rivages des Xantons, 2013 : 525-534.

Lainey, Jonathan C., « Le fonds Famille Picard : un patrimoine documentaire d’exception », Revue de Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, vol. 2 (2010) : 94-105

Lainey, Jonathan C., « Le prétendu wampum offert à Champlain et l’interprétation des objets muséifiés », Revue d’histoire de l’Amérique française, 61, 3-4 (2008) : 397-424.

Lainey, Jonathan C., « Les colliers de porcelaine de l’époque coloniale à aujourd’hui ». Recherches amérindiennes au Québec, 35, 2 (2005) : 61-73.

Becker, Marshall Joseph et Jonathan C. Lainey, “Wampum Belts with Initials and/or Dates as Design Elements: A Preliminary Review of One Subcategory of Political Belts”. American Indian Culture and Research Journal, 28, 3, (2004) : 25-45.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

“The Inclusion of Indigenous Voices and Perspectives in the Canadian History Hall”, International Symposium Museums and Multiple Voices: How Museums Can Be a Place of Dialogue, National Museum of Japanese History, October 26-27, 2019

“The Wampum and The Print: Stories Told and (Re)presented through the Objects Tied with Wendat Chiefs’ Visit to London, 1824-1825”, Conference on Iroquois Research, Vaudreuil, 5 October 2019.

“Histories: Creating the New Canadian History Hall”, Commonwealth Association of Museums Conference, Calgary, June 2017.

« Approfondir l’histoire autochtone et la raconter », Forum Histoire Canada : raconter les histoires authentiques des peuples autochtones, Musée canadien de la Guerre, 27 novembre 2016.

“Weaving Memories: Wampum Belts and Aboriginal Recordkeeping”, Seventh International Conference on the History of Records and Archives (ICHORA), Engaging with Archives and Records: Histories and Theories, University of Amsterdam, Pays-Bas, July 31 2015.

« Le wampum huron-wendat », soirée Le tribunal de l’histoire : les trésors de la Capitale, organisée par la Commission de la Capitale nationale et le Musée de la civilisation de Québec, Palais Montcalm, Québec, 24 novembre 2014.

“Wendat Diplomacy through Material Culture”, Celebrating the Huron-Wendat Nation in Ontario: Exploring New Approaches to Learn about the Past, University of Toronto, September 13, 2013.

« Les Wendat et la France suite à la Conquête britannique », Congrès d’études wendat et wyandot, Wendake, 16 juin 2012.

“Wampum Belts in Northeastern America: Early Recordkeeping, Current Documentation, and Repatriation”, 5th International Conference on the History of Records and Archives (ICHORA), Perth, Australia, August 2008.

« Le prétendu wampum offert à Champlain », 133e congrès annuel des sociétés historiques et scientifiques de Paris, « Migrations, transferts et échanges de part et d’autre de l’Atlantique », Québec, 2-8 juin 2008.

“Wampum Belts as Examples of Successes and Problems in the Repatriation of Aboriginal Objects”, « La restitution du patrimoine matériel et immatériel. Regards croisés Canada/Mélanésie – The Repatriation of Material and Immaterial Patrimonies. A Comparative Approach Canada/Melanesia », Centre interuniversitaire d’études et de recherches autochtones, Université Laval, 7-9 septembre 2007.

Not to be missed!