Mirror of a People: The Works and Legacy of Zacharie Vincent

Mirror of a People: The Works and Legacy of Zacharie Vincent

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May 20 to June 20, 2016
Wednesday to Sunday •  9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

June 21 to September 5, 2016
Everyday •  9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

September 6 to 18, 2016
Everyday •  9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

September 19 to October 9, 2016
Wednesday to Sunday •  9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

October 9, 2016 to February 10, 2017
Sunday •  all day

Admission: 18+ $11.50/ Senior $10 / Student $10 / 6-17 $5.75 /0-5 Free


Location : Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations
5 Place de la Rencontre
Wendake , QC , G0A 4V0

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Phone: 418-847-0624
Free Phone: 1-888-936-3253

Hunter, guide, war chief, council chief, husband and father, Tehariolin Zacharie Vincent (1815-1886) remains an enigma. His French-Canadian contemporaries, Antoine Plamondon and F.-X. Garneau, portrayed him as a mythic figure, the Last of the Hurons. Displeased, Tehariolin replied with a weapon that no warrior had wielded before: a paintbrush! Producing multi-layered self-portraits, rich in symbols, along with paintings and drawings of village life and the territory, he bore witness to his nation and era. Later, he discovered the power of photography and of reproductions as a means of diffusion.

As an artist, he was popular with the British aristocracy of the 19th century but disappeared from the collective consciousness of the Wendat for many years. The rediscovery of his work began at the end of the 20th century, when First Nations artists undertook the struggle to regain control of how their people were portrayed. But, beyond the legend, who exactly was Tehariolin Zacharie Vincent? The last vestige of a civilization condemned to extinction? Or an avant-garde artist, a warrior for Aboriginal self-portrayal and pioneer of contemporary aboriginal art? The power of his legacy and the vitality of those he influenced are an eloquent answer.

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Partner: Musée huron-wendat

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