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Ottawa, Old Bridge Press in Collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Civilization, 1988.179pp, cloth, $29.95, ISBN 0-920656-77-3.
Distributed by Firefly Books. Text in English and French. CIP

Grades 10 and up/Ages 15 and up
Reviewed by Ed Somerville.

Volume 17 Number 5
1989 September

Treasures is more than a description of Ottawa's Canadian Museum of Civilization and its artefacts. This book is a paean to the treasures of Canadian civilization in all its diversity. Repre­sentative samples from native peoples, Nordic settlements, the French and English, and other immigrant cultures are contained in this handsome book.

It is a monumental, if not impos­sible, task to portray the vast richness of the natural collection in only a few photographs. Only five per cent of the museum's two million objects are on display, and these are represented by one hundred photographs and/or illustrations. The editors and the curators have done an admirable job; their selections for the book give the essential flavour of the diversity of Canadian culture and civilization.

The photo reproduction of artefacts is uniformly excellent. Each of these museum pieces is accompanied by a short descriptive text in both English and French. Type-face, layout, and organization are superb. Photo illustrations are in full colour. A catalogue of artefacts illustrated is appended to the text. There is a table of contents, but no index.

Treasures is a striking coffee-table book intended for general audiences. I can see its usefulness at the secondary level in schools where history, art, social studies, native studies, and French classes could use this book as a re­source.

This book details the contribution that the Canadian Museum of Civili­zation makes to the unravelling of what it means to have a Canadian culture. In the words of Jeanne Sauve, "From now on, it will be easier to see the innova­tions and progress of the living culture in the continuity of our tradition."

Ed Somerville, Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School, Red Deer, Alta.
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