After checking out the exhibit we spent some time exploring the Canadian section of the museum, as well as taking in two more temporary exhibits. The first was an exhibit of Gothic Boxwood Miniatures. We had no idea what that was either, but it turns out that people used to make tiny, incredibly detailed religious objects to help them in prayer. This included some elaborate rosary beads, and miniature altars, carved out of boxwood as the supply of ivory (the preferred material for this kind of thing) dwindled. Bit random. But interesting.
On our way home from the museum we came across huge crowds of people marching down University Avenue. They were marching in protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline - a controversial oil pipeline that's planned to go through a number of Native American communities. The protest was a sign of solidarity with the people of Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, who fear the pipeline could risk their water supply and sacred sites. Having just come from the Mystical Landscapes exhibit, it was particularly striking to see people out in force in defense of the natural environment and its spiritual significance.