The anthropology research team invites everybody to a lecture and discussion about research partnerships of indigenous peoples with scientists!
Monday, 22 August, 14:00
Thule meeting room, Arktikum building
The occasion is a visit by Jill Taylor-Hollings from the Department of Anthropology of the University of Alberta, who will give a talk on
Learning about the Ancient Ahneesheenahbeg: Archaeological and Ethnoarchaeological Research Partnerships Between Pikangikum First Nation, Woodland Caribou Provincial Park, and Archaeologists in the Boreal Forest of Northwestern Ontario, Canada
Recent collaborations between Pikangikum First Nation, Ontario Parks, and archaeologists (University of Alberta, Lakehead University) in Pikangikum’s Whitefeather Forest Planning Area and adjacent territory in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park have revealed more about the ancient past of this Subarctic area. Although the archaeological survey projects are among the first completed in this region of northwestern Ontario, they reveal evidence of precontact habitations over many millennia. Also, contemporary Indigenous perspectives of the land and its occupation provide rich contextual meaning to individual sites and the broader landscape. When Pikangikum First Nation community members lead the archaeologists to places used in living memory, evidence of much more ancient occupation is typically present. This demonstrates a continuity of Indigenous land use over many centuries. When archaeological evidence is combined with ethnohistoric information and Oral Tradition, more holistic interpretations of occupation and adaptation to changing circumstances is discernable. From an applied perspective, partners may utilize this information for land use planning, park management, site protection, ecotourism, and the Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Project. Perhaps the most important aspect of these archaeological projects is the continuing relationships between collaborators: sharing knowledge and preserving ancient as well as recent cultural values for future generations.