BEADS articles on Academia.edu and SURFACE

To all those interested in beads and/or beadwork, a batch of articles from BEADS: Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers has been uploaded to Academia.edu. All articles in Volumes 1-17 have been uploaded to the site.

Visit: https://independent.academia.edu/KarlisKarklins

As well, volumes 1-6 have been uploaded to the Syracuse University SURFACE site.

The Society of Bead Researchers is a non-profit scientific-educational corporation founded in 1981 to foster historical, archaeological, and material cultural research on beads and beadwork of all materials and periods, and to expedite the dissemination of the resultant knowledge.

New scholarship – international students

New for 2016-17, a scholarship for an international student majoring in one of the Social Science disciplines!  It’s worth $1000.

This is by recommendation so check out the criteria to see if you might qualify.


Masako and Stanley Fukawa Scholarship

  • Number: 1 per year
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Criteria: Awarded to full time undergraduate 3-4 year international student with a cumulative GPA of (3.5) in the previous academic year; pursuing a degree in Bachelor of Arts, and declared a major in “Social Science”. Nominee to demonstrate activities in promoting social justice through community engagement. No application required, on the recommendation of the dean of social science. Awarded as a tuition credit for spring semester at Vancouver Island University.

TAC Festival 2017

You are invited to submit entries for the 2017 edition of The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival.  This is the only international competition for this genre in the entire Western Hemisphere and an opportunity to showcase your work.

The deadline for receipt of entries is October 15, 2016.

Film screenings for TAC Festival 2017 take place May 4-7, 2017, in the Recital Hall at The Shedd Institute in Eugene, OR.

The entry form and further information can be found by going to http://archaeologychannel.org/festival.  Please read the guidelines carefully.

2017 ACUA Travel Award

The Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology is pleased to announce the 2017 ACUA George Fischer Student Travel Award. This award of $1,000.00 (USD) will be offered to help fund travel costs for the upcoming 2017 SHA Conference in Ft. Worth, Texas, USA, and will be granted to an international student presenting a paper on an underwater or maritime archaeology topic at this Conference. Conference abstracts must be submitted directly to the Conference Organizers as outlined in the Call for Papers. Please refer to http://sha.org/conferences/ for complete details on abstract submission and deadlines.

To be eligible for consideration, students interested in applying for this award must currently be enrolled, and in good academic standing, in a graduate degree program (includes full-time, part-time, or thesis/dissertation hours only). Preference is given to international students. International students are considered to be those students residing or studying in a country other than the country where the conference is being held.

To apply for this award you must submit the following:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Short covering letter
  3. A copy of your conference abstract, along with confirmation of submission

Submissions will be judged on academic merit and relevance to the field of underwater and maritime archaeology.

All Award application materials must be sent to the ACUA at info@acuaonline.org by 15 September 2016.

Former student publishes work begun while at VIU

Older news, still from this year!

Our very own Nancy Greene publishes the research that she began while a student at VIU (when it was Malaspina University-College).  It took her a decade to complete.

Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun, reports on her study but also how this research became very much a community project.  Nancy had the support of the Comox Valley community: financial and volunteers.  Hume describes her research as “a triumph of citizen science.”

Archeology student publishes paper on ancient, industrial-scale First Nations fishery by Stephen Hume, January 25, 2016.

The Comox Harbour Fish Trap Complex: A Large-Scale, Technologically Sophisticated Intertidal Fishery from British Columbia by Nancy A. Greene, David C. McGee, Roderick J. Heitzmann, Canadian Journal of Archaeology 39(2).

Vancouver Park Board first municipal body in Canada to hire in-house archaeologist

Exciting news! Vancouver Parks Board hires in-house archaeologist, Geordie Howe.  This is definitely a first in BC and gives hope that other municipalities will consider hiring archaeologists.  The hire was the result of one of the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Actions.

Note that Geordie has a B.A. and through his years of work in the field has gained the respect and reputation he has.

For the media release from the City of Vancouver, go to: http://vancouver.ca/news-calendar/vancouver-park-board-first-municipal-body-in-canada-to-hire-in-house-archaeologist.aspx

Geordie was interviewed on CBC Early Edition, Jul7 4, 2016: http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2691223195/  start at 1:27:03, end 1:33:15.

New student resource – FREE!!

Here’s info courtesy of UBC Press.  It’s a freebie!!

UBC Press is excited to offer a new student resource, How to Succeed at University (and Get a Great Job): Mastering the Critical Skills You Need for School, Work, and Life, FREE for download at www.ubcpress.ca/oncampus.

In this lively, highly accessible guide, York University Professors Thomas R. Klassen and John A. Dwyer answer the questions students have about succeeding in their courses and their post-secondary careers. They argue that the best preparation for success in life and on the job are by mastering the skills needed at university. This book will help students:

  • Develop strong communication skills (writing, speaking, and listening)
  • Select their courses and choose a program
  • Organize and manage their time
  • Sharpen their critical thinking skills
  • Write good essays and prepare for exams
  • Take better notes in class
  • Become an active reader and listener

The book is also available in print.

Digital Media in Cuba – MA in Anthropology

Interested in pursuing a Masters in Anthropology in Digital Media, specifically in Cuba?  If yes, read on; a call out from UVic.


Hello Anthropology students,

Interested in digital media and working in Cuba? Looking for an MA program to apply to?

If you are planning on applying to the University of Victoria Master’s program in our anthropology department (applications due by January 15th 2016 in order to start in Fall 2016) and are interested in working in Cuba, please find attached a call for students to work on Digital Media in Cuba on research project under the direction of Dr. Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier.

Why anthropology at UVic? Master’s program in UVic’s Anthropology department. How to apply.

Fieldwork Funding Opportunity – Jacobs Research Funds

The Jacobs Research Funds (JRF) funds projects involving fieldwork with living peoples of North, Central and South America which result in publication or other dissemination of information about the fieldwork. Priority is given to research on endangered cultures and languages, and to research on the Pacific Northwest. Projects focusing on archival research have low priority, but we welcome proposals to digitize, transcribe and translate old materials that might otherwise be lost or become inaccessible. Relevance of the project to contemporary theoretical issues in anthropology and linguistics is also a criterion used in evaluating proposals.

Funded projects typically focus on linguistic analysis, social-cultural anthropology, ethnolinguistics, or sociolinguistics. Especially appropriate are field studies that address cultural expressive systems, such as music, language, dance, mythology, world view, folk taxonomy, art, intellectual life, and religion. Also appropriate are projects focusing on cultural and linguistic forms in modern contexts, for example, traditional environmental knowledge or social organization.

Projects in archeology, physical anthropology, applied anthropology, and applied linguistics (for example, grants exclusively for technological improvements, development of pedagogical materials, etc.) are not eligible for support. It is expected that both the subjects of research and society in general will ultimately benefit from the knowledge generated by the funded research. The Jacobs Research Funds therefore do not support proprietary research for the exclusive use of any entity, public or private (such as national, state, provincial, or local governments; public or private charities, churches or foundations; tribes or bands; or community groups).

Grant categories
1. Individual Grants support research projects administered by a single investigator on a focused problem. The maximum award is $3000 USD or CAD.
2. Group Grants support work by two or more researchers who will be cooperating on the same or similar projects. The maximum award is $6000 USD or CAD.
3. The Kinkade Grants honour the memory of the late Dale Kinkade, a linguist known for his work on Salishan languages. Kinkade Grants support projects requiring an intense period of fieldwork, such as research leading to a major work such as a dictionary, collection of texts, etc. They are intended for experienced researchers, such as Ph.D. students working on dissertations, faculty with sabbatical or other period of course release, or retired professors seeking to complete major research. The maximum award is $9000 USD or CAD.

Grant recipients based in Canada will be funded in Canadian dollars through the Whatcom Museum Society British Columbia.

Application Procedure
Please see: https://depts.washington.edu/jacobsf/application.html

For any questions on the application process, please contact jgrant@cob.org

Deadline: All materials must be received by February 15th, 2016

Commonwealth Scholarship – India

Here’s a great opportunity for an upper-level undergraduate!  Note that the deadline is December 21, 2015.


The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has launched its scholarship competition under the prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship Plan 2016-2017. Two scholarships are available to Canadians who wish to study or conduct research in India. The scholarships, which are tenable as of September 2016, provide funding for the full length of academic programs in India at the undergraduate, Master’s or PhD levels. The scholarship for PhD scholars may be renewed for a maximum of five and a half years.

The deadline to apply is December 21, 2015. Please visit  Commonwealth Scholarship Plan – India for full program details.

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) was established in 1959, with the first scholars selected in 1960. The goal of the Plan is to nurture educational links among Commonwealth countries and to strengthen the ideals upon which the Commonwealth was founded. Over 27,000 Commonwealth citizens have held awards – many going on to reach the very highest levels within their profession.