Skawennati, Becoming the Peacemaker (Iotetshèn:’en), machinimagraph from The Peacemaker Returns, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.

Skawennati, Becoming the Peacemaker (Tekanawí:ta), machinimagraph from The Peacemaker Returns, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.

Skawennati, Concept for an Iroquois Gallery in the Future, machinimagraph, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.


Photo: Roger Lemoyne.

Children's exhibition and activity

Teiakwanahstahsontéhrha | We Extend the Rafters is centered around a sci-fi retelling of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) confederation story and features historical figures such as Tekanawita, Jacques Cartier, and a president addicted to Twitter! Created by Mohawk artist Skawennati, the exhibition includes a short, animation-style movie as well as a “museum of the future.” Together they provide young viewers with an Indigenous perspective on First Nations history and the important contributions that Indigenous people can bring to the societies of tomorrow. A guided tour, discussion, educational games and a workshop will enrich students’ knowledge of First Nations culture, while encouraging them to imagine the world they will inhabit and shape as adults.

VOX’s innovative program of youth exhibitions invites contemporary artists to produce works designed for a specific age group. The workshops accompanying these exhibitions are designed and led by visual arts facillitators.


Grades: Elementary school, 1-6
Duration: 1 h 30
Admission: Free

Areas of learning
HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, CULTURE: construct a timeline, interpret illustrated documents, learn about Iroquois culture and become more open to the diversity of societies, etc.
VISUAL ARTS: appreciate works of art and traditional art objects
ETHICS: learn the importance of recognizing others and the pursuit of the common good

Maximum group size: 36 students
Maximum group size (DOUBLE FEATURE): 72 students

For the guided tour and workshop, participants are divided into smaller groups of no more than 18 students each.

October 23, 2017 to January 20, 2018
Monday to Friday

Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Duration: 1 h 30

Suggested time slots*
9:00—10:30 a.m.
1:00—2:30 p.m.
*Time slots can be adjusted to suit your needs.

Reservation required

In partnership with Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC) and Obx Labs. This exhibition benefits from the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Quebec Ministry of Culture and Communications and the City of Montreal under the Agreement on the Cultural Development of Montreal, as well as the Caisse de la culture of the mouvement Desjardins. This initiative is also made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Canada’s community foundations, Foundation of Greater Montréal, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.


© View of the exhibition Exhibit Model Two by Jonathan Monk at Galleri Nicolai Wallner (Copenhagen), 2016. Photo : Anders Sune Berg.


For groups of more than 36 students, the following complementary activity is offered:

Intro to contemporary art
An engaging exploration of the Jonathan Monk exhibition, which will be presented at VOX as of November 16th.

Film screenings
A selection of short films that are aesthetically and/or thematically related to the Skawennati exhibition.



Skawennati makes art that addresses history, the future, and change. Born in Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, she holds a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal, where she is based. She is Co-Director, with Jason E. Lewis, of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC)…

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To make a reservation

Geneviève Bédard
(T) : 514.390.0382
(E) :

Information to be provided upon reservation
Name of school
– Teacher’s name
– E-mail address and phone number
– Phone number at which you can be reached on day of visit
– Grade and age of students
– Number of students (maximum 72)
– Date and time slot desired (please provide 2 choices)
– Let us know if you need our spaces for lunch (availability to confirm)

How to get to VOX

2 Sainte-Catherine St. E., 4th floor, Montréal H2X 1K4
Metro Saint-Laurent (2 minutes’ walk)