BC Archaeology Forum 2015

For those with an archaeology interest, this is a “must” attend event.  It’s local, i.e., in Vancouver!

Co-hosted by the Musqueam Indian Band and the Laboratory of Archaeology at UBC, Musqueam, BC

Friday, October 16 is a special full-day round-table focussing on archaeological repositories. Please complete  Repositories Round-table and Registration Forms. This event takes place at the Musqueam Community Centre in Classroom 1. Questions about this round-table, please contact Patricia Ormerod, (604) 822-2567.

There is a $15 fee for this round-table; includes snacks and lunch.

Saturday, October 17 is the main day of the Forum and takes place at the Musqueam Cultural Education and Resource Centre, 4000 Musqueam Avenue. Please complete the Registration Form.

The day will begin with a Welcome and continue with panels and presentations. This year, especially welcomed are panels/presentations focussing on 1) Indigenous heritage – challenges and ways to move forward, 2) Heritage Landscapes, and 3) Place and Memory.

There is a $20 registration fee for the forum; includes snacks, a hot lunch, facilities rental, etc.

On Saturday evening there will be a Salmon Feast. There is an additional charge of $25 for this meal.

Sunday, October 18  tours of c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city at the Musqueam Cultural Resource and Education Centre, the Museum of Anthropology and the Museum of Vancouver will be organised.

Submit the appropriate form(s) to bcarchforum2015@gmail.com

Fall Field School – TRU

Fraser River Archaeological Field School – 9 credits, offered through Thompson Rivers University (Williams Lake) with Northern Shuswap Tribal Council.

This field school will provide students with a broad range of experience in archaeological techniques, and methods that include, excavation, note taking, surveying, site recording, artifact identification, and cataloguing.

The archaeological focus is on the pre-contact and post-contact First Nations’ settlement patterns. This will include historic and prehistoric components.  The field school is directed by archaeologist and anthropologist Beth Bedard.

Deadline for Program Application: July 15, 2014 – Notification of acceptance can be undertaken on or before July 22, 2014. A $100 commitment fee is required along with your application. Spaces are limited, please apply and register early to ensure your place.

Course costs: Course cost for 9 Credits approximately $1,729 and field laboratory costs are approximately $450.

For more information, go to: http://northernshuswaptribalcouncil.com/cms/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/2014_ARCH_field_school_brochure_May-.pdf

Traditional Pitcook, North Saanich, Sep 21

Hopefully a number of you can attend, this pitcook looks like it will be an amazing opportunity.
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Please come out to what we hope will be the First Annual Traditional Foods Pitcook at the North Saanich Farm Market on Saturday, September 21.  We’re very proud of our little market and for the first time we will be showcasing local traditional foods and traditional food cooking methods.  We acknowledge the traditional territory of the Tseycum First Nation where the market and this event are being held, and look forward to spending time with Chief Vern Jacks and others during this exciting initiative.

NSFM-Pitcook-2013

Here’s a little more detail on the activities:
Friday, Sept. 20: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  Pit #1 is assembled with venison (yes, local) and camas bulbs (courtesy of Swan Lake Native Plant Garden).  This will be a 16 hour pitcook.
Saturday, Sept. 21: 7:00 – 8:30 am
  Pit #2 is assembled with a selection of root veggies.  This will be a 4 hour pitcook.
Saturday: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (approx.), during the Farm Market
  Cordage-making Workshop (with Brenda Beckwith) and Storytelling (with John Bradley Williams, Tsawout).
  Also, over an open fire we will making bannock and Earl Claxton Jr. (Tsawout) will be cooking salmon, clams, and venison.
  And (yes, there’s more), during the Farm Market, Ken Josephson and others will host an interactive Community Mapping display and table.
Saturday: 12:00 am – 12:30 pm
  Opening the pits!  Farm Market ends.
Saturday: 12:30 am – 1:30 pm (approx.)
  Sampling foods and sharing in wild-crafted tea, all by donation. YUM!
We hope you can make it up to the tippy-top of the Peninsula on Saturday, Sept. 21 It’s really not that far!
Sincerely,
Brenda Beckwith & Penny Gibbs

Welcome – Shq’apthut (Gathering Place), Nanaimo

With a new academic year, there are a number of events (download the flyer) that will be held in the Gathering Place (Shq’apthut) for the month of September.

During the first week, Sep 5, a Welcome Feast is hosted by Aboriginal Alumni for all New Aboriginal Students.  Welcome Feasts representing Snuneymuxw (Sep 10), Kwak waka’wakw (Sep 12), Nuu-chah-nulth (Sep 16), and Métis (Sep 18) peoples are held during the second and third week.

Please note that the first event is for new aboriginal students only; all other events are open to everyone.  Consider yourself invited!!

 

Arson at U’mista Cultural Centre, Alert Bay

Umista announcement

As a result of the fire, the Potlatch Collection has been profoundly affected and has required the efforts of conservation specialists from RBCM, MOA, and Museum at Campbell River.

READ:
Curator lends her expert hand (Campbell River Mirror)

Jack Knox: Arson imperils the cultural heart of Alert Bay (Times Colonist)
If you don’t know the significance of the Potlatch Collection as a Canadian, resident of BC, or anthropologist, this Times Colonist article provides a good primer. As well, you can seek and view the documentary, Potlatch: A Strict Law Bids Us Dance (VIU Library, E 99 K9 P612 1975, 54 min).
Here’s a clip from the above documentary:

The video clip below is a preview for Box of Treasures (VIU Library, E 99 K9 B68 2004, 28 min). The documentary explains how the Potlatch Collection was returned to Alert Bay. If you don’t have time to view both documentaries, a condensed and excerpted version is available as Potlatch (22 min) in First Nations: The Circle Unbroken (VIU Library, E 78 C2 F57712).

If you wish to help the U’mista Cultural Society during this time of need, donations can be made through CanadaHelps.org.