What Is An Artifact?

“Children are profoundly concrete, imaginal, playful, bodily, and substantive in their ways of knowing. Artifacts are concrete and fleshy and substantial. They allow the children to connect with something that has Earthly, bodily texture and tactility.
They are memorial, somehow. Memory is somehow already housed in such things, "incarnated," if you will." (see Gadamer 1989)

Artifacts (video 1.4 MB 0:21)

What artifacts do you have that tell something about you and your culture? Where did it come from? Who used it? What story does it tell?
For example:

Grandpa Michalowski’s War Blanket

"My Grandpa Michalowski fought in WW2. Along with other soldiers, each one was given a blanket. My Great Grandpa got this blanket in Italy and traveled to many places like Egypt, Turkey and Russia. After the war, my great-grandparents lived in England. Then the family and the blanket moved to Canada. The blanket was getting old so my Great Grandma cut a piece out and needle punched it. It sat on their piano stool. After 60 years of being in the family the blanket sits on the same piano stool...but in my house.”

-- A story by Dayna

The Necklace

"Hello my name is David. My Great Great Grandma gave this necklace to my mom in the hospital before she died and it means a lot to my mom. This necklace is costume jewelry. It is not valuable in money but it is valuable in memory. I think that the flower on the necklace is for love.”

-- A story by David

Once you have chosen your artifact, who can help you tell the story of the artifact? How does it help you stay "connected" with your culture, your history and your geographical location? We will take a digital picture of your artifact and orally record your story. How has this artifact helped you create memory, something treasured that for generations to come will be remembered?