Met Up With My Late Mother’s “Moo Cow” Marionette at Museum London, November 3, 2018

In 1965, my mother Jay Peterson assisted James Reaney in designing marionettes for his “Apple Butter” play. Mom’s contribution, “Moo Cow,” now resides at the Canadian Museum of History. In November 2018, James Reaney’s son James Stewart Reaney gave a presentation about the “Apple Butter” saga at Museum London and “Moo Cow” was in attendance.

Ken Whiteley’s “That Other Shore” Inspires Pride in Michael Sullivan’s Michigan Descendants

In my July 2016 post about Ken Whiteley and my great-great grandfather Michael Sullivan (1813-1886), I explained that Michael changed his name from O’Sullivan to Sullivan after he got on the wrong side of the Catholic Church. Whiteley’s song “That Other Shore” tells Michael’s story. Whiteley performed the song again in Michigan in 2018.

Why It is Taking Me So Long to Write a Multi-Part counterpoise.ca Series About Cultural Misappropriation, As It Relates to Indigenous People Who Live in Canada

My post examines the cultural misappropriation issue as it relates to Indigenous people who live in Canada. I discuss how my mother Jay Peterson was inspired to design her own baby-carrying devices by those developed by other cultures, including Indigenous. I also mention my father Charles T Peterson’s appreciation for genuine Cowichan sweaters.

Ivey Family London Room’s “Winter in London” 2017 Display Includes Artwork by Jay Peterson (1920-1976)

The Ivey Family London Room 2017 “Winter in London” display contained 2015 and 2017 Christmas cards with artwork by my mother Jay Peterson (1920-1976). My post includes a photo of London Room Library Assistant Barb Scott and I standing next to the display which includes these cards.

Part Four of Four: Tribute to Jay Peterson (1920-1976), on the 40th Anniversary of Her Passing, December 15, 2016 – Her Involvement With Indigenous Issues, 1958-1976

From 1958 until her passing in 1976, my mother was involved with Indigenous issues. She helped Aboriginal people to market their crafts and supported many of their other endeavours. Some people encouraged me to carry on with her interest, but since the mid-2000s, I have mostly been on the outside looking in.

Part Three of Four: Tribute to Jay Peterson (1920-1976), on the 40th Anniversary of Her Passing, December 15, 2016 – Her Involvement With First-St. Andrew’s United Church

From the 1950s to the 1960s, my mother was involved with many projects at First-St Andrew’s United Church in London, Ontario. For instance, she helped organize religious art and artifact exhibitions. The Very Reverend Angus J MacQueen (1912-2006) gave my mother’s 1976 eulogy at the church. He described her as “very special kind of person.”

Part Two of Four: Tribute to Jay Peterson (1920-1976), on the 40th Anniversary of Her Passing, December 15, 2016 – More Child-Rearing Information

My mother created a shoulder-bag carrier for infants. She also turned a banana box into a swing that small children could play in. She acknowledged she got her ideas for these devices from researching how women had carried their offspring throughout the ages.

Part One of Four: Tribute to Jay Peterson (1920-1976), on the 40th Anniversary of her Passing, December 15, 2016 – Recent Examples of Her Legacy Being Acknowledged

This is the first of a four-part tribute to my mother on the 40th anniversary of her passing December 15, 1976. I discuss her 1950s paintings of children, her design of the “Moo Cow” marionette for James Reaney’s “Apple Butter” play, and her baby chair invention which was acquired by Museum London.