A lifelong “collector”, Todd Fontaine, a man who is passionate in his quest for items that piece together a rich and vibrant history of the Metis.
Todd Fontaine and daughter, Carmella Fontaine, wearing the Hudsons Bay Blanket coat, embellished with Metis sash trim and red leather – she is heir to collection, knows it well and is now in charge of cataloging the collection
Six-layer Chevron Bead – Venice, Italy and/or Murano Islands dating back to 1500’s, highly sought after for their perfection in colour, design, usages; primarily for jewelry of prestige; often a bead of this size would be cut into disks as thin as possible, using the tools of the time
Mariah Dyke was born into slavery in 1830 in the state of Virginia. She was a mixture of Cherokee and African blood and had four children by her master George Dyke a Dutch shipbuilder who was a descendant of Dutch pirates. In 1852 George Dyke brought Mariah and her children to the Elgin Settlement more commonly known as the Buxton Settlement. There he purchased a 50 acre parcel of land in trust to Mariah and her children, gave them their freedom and he returned south. Mariah Dyke died Sept. 22, 1879, age 49 years, 5 months and 23 days. She is buried in the North Buxton Community Church Cemetery in North Buxton Ontario.
photo courtesy of Spencer Alexander,
Assistant Curator, Buxton National Historic Site & Museum
George Madison Crawford was a Cherokee born in the southern United States about 1820. By the mid 1800’s he is in Amherstburg Ontario and is married to a woman named Laura Virginia, who was born in Covington Kentucky. Their daughter Anna Louise Crawford married John H. Alexander, who was the son of a fugitive slave from Kentucky named Thomas Alexander. photo courtesy of Spencer Alexander, Assistant Curator, Buxton National Historic Site & Museum
This is Gilbert Baumhauer and his wife Julie Ann Parks. The name Baumhauer has nineteen spellings that I am aware of. Both Gilbert and Julie had aboriginal ancestry. The Baumhauer and Parks families are both large and found throughout Hastings County, Ontario.
This is a photo of a large charcoal drawing that once belonged to Jennie Dell Hannah (nee Lake). Gilbert and Julie were Jennie's grandparents.