Homelessness Action Week, Oct 13-19, Cowichan

Many individuals often talk about making a difference–often in far off lands.  Here’s your opportunity to contribute to your community, specifically the Cowichan Valley.  Social Planning Cowichan’s Affordable Housing Project is looking for donations of items  for the care packages they will be distributing during Homelessness Action Week, as well as, volunteers.

From Joy Emmanual, Social Planning Cowichan:

Homelessness Action Week is coming up – October 13-19.  This year we are hosting an event at Duncan United Church Hall on Wednesday, October 16 called: Connect-In – A Day of Direct Services for the Homeless.  We are inviting a number of different community agencies and service providers to participate (Legal Aid, First Aid, Public Health, ID Replacement and also barbers, hand message, chiropractors, etc.) The intent is to have all these services available in one location where homeless and low income people may access them. A meal will also be provided.

If you are interested in donating or helping  with this event – either before the event or at it – please contact Joy at:
Joy Emmanuel
Coordinator – Affordable Housing Project
Social Planning Cowichan
250-746-1004 Ext 260

Items we are looking for as part of care packages for 60 to 80 guests during Homelessness Action Week – Connect-In: Day of Services:

  • Seasonal clothing
  • Work Clothing
  • Blankets
  • Tents
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Boots
  • Back Packs
  • Sewing Kits
  • First Aid Items
  • Foot wear
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Granola Bars, Juice Box
  • Flashlights
  • Hats, scarves, mitts, rain gear
  • Razors
  • Nail Clippers

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!!


New journal from SAA

From the editor:

NOTE: First two issues are free.

On behalf of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA), I am pleased to announce Volume 1, Number 1 of Advances in Archaeological Practice: A Journal of the Society for American Archaeology!

Launching a new SAA journal has happened only three times in the past: 1935 with American Antiquity, 1990 with Latin American Antiquity, and 2002 with E-tiquity (no longer published). This new journal pushes SAA into the future. Not only is the digital format changing the way SAA publishes scholarly peer-reviewed articles, it will allow for the inclusion of exciting new data, faster time to publication, and instant global distribution. The content, too, is progressive and you finally have a forum to publish your innovative research on how we do archaeology: how we learn about the past, how we convey our findings in the present, and how we manage resources for the future.

The first two issues are completely free and open to all, but starting with the February 2014 issue, subscriptions will be available for $199 per year for non-member individuals, but if you join SAA, you may choose to receive it for FREE!. Until then, we invite you to download Volume 1, Number 1 of our journal here. I hope that you enjoy it.

Christopher D. Dore, Ph.D., RPA
Editor, Advances in Archaeological Practice: A Journal of the Society for American Archaeology

P.S. I invite you to engage our new journal as an author, reviewer, and reader. I encourage you to think in new ways about what can be published as well as how to take full advantage of the digital format. As the inaugural editor of the journal, I’m open and available to help you brainstorm ideas, answer your questions, and hear your suggestions on how to improve the journal as a resource and tool for the practice of archaeology.

Are you thinking of Harvard for grad school?

If you think you are Harvard grad material and were wondering how you might fund your education, this might be the fellowship for you!

NOTE:  The deadline for application is November 29, 2013.  As well, applicants must gain admission to Harvard through a separate process!

The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) is pleased to announce the following fellowship program for which candidates must be nominated:

Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships at Harvard University

Up to three (3) Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships will be awarded to students from Canada for graduate study at Harvard University.  In establishing the Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship program, Annie Reid Knox sought to honor her late husband and his lifelong commitment to America.  According to the wishes of Mrs. Knox, Frank Knox Memorial Fellows are selected on the basis of outstanding academic excellence, strength of character, and potential for leadership in their fields.

Interested candidates will find the information needed to apply for this program by visiting the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada’s website at: Frank Knox 2014

AAA Podcast Series

If the discipline of anthropology is still a bit of mystery to you, or you are wondering what anthropologist do, the podcast series produced by the AAA Public Affairs Department may better inform you of the latest issues and news.  In particular, take a look at the Profiles in Practice.

Here’s a list of the themes of the current and past series:

  • Anthropologists in the Field – Find out what anthropologists are doing while conducting their fieldwork.
  • Ordinary Anthropologists Doing Extraordinary Things – Meet every day anthropologists who are bringing innovation to the forefront of the field.
  • Inside the President’s Studio – Get to know anthropologists across all sub-fields in this podcast series by Past President Virginia Dominguez (2010-2011)
  • Profiles In Practice – This online interview series, by CoPAPIA, is geared toward students interested in anthropology but uncertain about the career paths that await them following graduation.

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.

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.

Update from Farkwa Secondary School

As has been mentioned, ASC has raised funds to support Farkwa Secondary School since 2007.  Last year FFKF (an NGO) made ASC aware that one of the students needed assistance with boarding costs.  Here’s the mid-year report regarding the student:

Can you please pass on this report to the Anthropology Students club.  If you recall from last year, they have come to the rescue of Auzelia who needed extra assistance to pay for boarding costs.

Results for Auzelia:    Academic Progress –  satisfactory.     Attendance – excellent.

It is very hard for the secondary students as the medium of instruction is English language; and while they do learn English at primary school, they know very little when they start secondary school. In fact, English is their third language, after their tribal language and then the national language of Swahili. It can be a real struggle for them in the first year or two of secondary school.

Few students are given more than a satisfactory or good for progress. So at this stage I think Auzelia is doing OK.

As well, here are some photos illustrating the contributions made in supporting the students and the school.

Plot and "green house" for vegetable seedlings.

Plot and “green house” for vegetable seedlings.

School garden (2)

School garden to provide better nutrition for lunches.


School library

School library showing many of the books provided by FFKF, which ASC has helped to support with its fundraising.


Technology Week on the SHA Blog

If you wondered how technology can aid the archaeologist, especially in mortuary studies, you will be interested in the following papers found at www.sha.org/blog.  Here on the Island, there is a need for ground penetrating radar to “map” a number of cemeteries that were part of Japanese Canadian communities.  Many were desecrated during WWII, with headstones knocked over and pushed aside.  The location of grave sites is now “lost”; the cemetery in Cumberland is certainly an example (see below).

Cumberland Japanese Cemetery

Cumberland Japanese Cemetery. Remaining gravestones were grouped as a monument in 1967.

It’s Technology Week on the SHA blog, and this week’s theme is Technology in Mortuary Analysis. Duane Quates, the organizer of the Tech Week, is the author of the first post, Understanding Cemeteries through Technical Applications: An example from Fort Drum, NY, followed by Katy Meyers’ post (Examining Space of a Resting Place: GIS of a New York Cemetery) discussing the use of GIS in Mortuary Analysis. Michael Heilen’s post (Application of Advanced Technologies in the Excavation, Analysis, Consultation, and Reburial: The Alameda-Stone Cemetery in Tucson, Arizona) is about the use of technology in the Alameda-Stone Cemetery in Tucson, Arizona. The final post is authored by Michael Sprowles, (Mortuary Analytics on US Army Garrison, Fort Drum, NY), and deals with the use of ground penetrating radar and other technology to record cemeteries.