Passionate about Maya culture and interested in educative applications, he then joined a museum studies project at the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in Guatemala where he developed an educative approach. During his first years of career in Quebec museums he came in direct contact with the material culture of North American aboriginal peoples which gave him the opportunity to actively study it through various educative projects. After ten years in museum education, he acquired an expertise on aboriginal technologies through experimental archaeology. This new passion led him to reproduce ancient technologies for the benefit of education. For that purpose he founded Aboriginal Technologies and devoted his career to the creation of artifact reproductions, architectural models, educative programs, cultural activities, research documents and teaching material for museums, schools, research centres and other organizations. He also works as a part time anthropology teacher when time allows.

Born in Montreal (Quebec), Martin Lominy grew up in an urban environment close to nature and in a family tradition strong in creativity. At first interested by paleontology that he studied at leisure during his college years, he finally chose to study anthropology at the University of Montreal with a specialization in archaeology. After  field work in Peru, he developed an interest in Latin America and decided to expand his field of study to include ethnology and history. His fascination with precolumbian cultures combined with diversified training led him to undertake a multidisciplinary study of Maya architecture as his graduate project which he concluded with a model exhibition and an educative website.

Martin Lominy – Educator and craftsman in archaeology

The next generation

 

In the study of ancient technologies, the innocent logic and instinctive gestures of a child are sometimes more revealing than the objective observation and detailed analysis of a researcher. Our son Janaab is an important part of our work in the reproduction of artifacts. From gathering materials to crafting object, he discovers the beauty of the natural world and the pleasure of manual work. In fact, many prototypes are made for the enjoyment of this young apprentice whose experiences are a source of inspiration. It is also with enthousiasm that he tests many of our activities designed for grade school children.

 

Our youngest son Amik gradually discovers the pleasure of creating with is own hands by following in the footsteps of his father and imitating the gestures of his older brother. Naturally curious, he never hesitates to experiment with what he is given and proves to be quite creative. What seems like a family game to him is a learning process that will serve him later in life.

The apprentice

 

We must also mention Léa Mariam Déry, an anthropology student at the University of Montreal, whose interest in archaeology and aboriginal peoples has convinced us to take her as an apprentice. She assists us in the making of reproductions and the transmission of knowledge while learning the crafts and their traditions. Her contribution is precious in a trade where knowledge and skills are only learned through experience.

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