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 sons Janaab and Amik are an important part of our work in the reproduction of artifacts. From gathering materials to crafting object, they discover the beauty of the natural world and the pleasure of manual work. In fact, many prototypes are made for the enjoyment of these young apprentices whose experiences are a source of inspiration. It is also with enthousiasm that they test many of our activities designed for grade school children.

The apprentice

 

In a trade where knowledge and skills are only learned through experience, the contribution of an apprentice is precious. Hamy is an anthropology student specialized in archaeology but it’s her interest in traditional crafts and aboriginal peoples that convinced us to take her as an apprentice. She assists in the making of artifact reproductions while learning the crafts and their traditions.

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