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Monthly Archives: February 2015

SPRING MEMBERSHIP SALE STARTS MARCH 1

Starting March 1, save 15% on all membership purchases. Museum membership is the simplest and most economical way to take advantage of the history-, science- and space-themed learning opportunities we offer all year long. Join our membership family today by using promo code SPRINGSALE at checkout, visiting the box office during regular hours, or calling 204-988-0647. BUY A MEMBERSHIP

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A lichen by any other name would be just as confusing

Scientists have spent many decades arguing with each other about lichens. It’s a plant! No, it’s a fungus! No, it’s an alga. It’s a fungus parasitizing an alga. No, it’s an alga parasitizing a fungus! Nobody’s parasitizing anybody! They’re living in harmony like a bunch of hippies in a commune! I prefer to think of a lichen as an organism with an identity crisis. No wait, that’s not very flattering….

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Public Archaeology Follow Friday

Hope you have enjoyed my blogs this week. Check out the videos and links on projects I have worked. The making of my birch bark canoe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFSjKRnUzVo Navigating a New World Teaching Material – Engineering Access Program http://mbaerospace.ca/mahrc/programs/birch-bark-canoe/ Where Engineering, Science and Art meet – The Birch Bark Canoe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwItUGW9VHM Videos in the Archaeology Lab with me December 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZ-Ck4HvHZg November 2011 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCQgcMEhKjE

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National Anthropology Day

Today is National Anthropology Day and as the Museum’s Anthropologist, I have been participating in a number of public events. Most recently I assisted with one of three winning designs in this year’s Warming Huts Competition, organized annually by the University of Manitoba, School of Architecture. This entry, Recycled Words, is the work of KANVA, a team of young architects in Montreal. These are the ski/chairs you see down on…

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Public Archaeology Press

Over the course of the past year I have been involved with a few publications highlighting Archaeology. Each is quite different, from public outreach to academic article to education online resources. The first is a book published by TMM called Stories of the Old Ones from the Lee River, Southeastern Manitoba: The Owl Inini, Carver Inini and Dancer Ikwe (2014). The publication is the result of many years of work…

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Upcoming Events – Public Archaeology

This year I was selected to be part of the Archaeological Institute of America’s (AIA) Lecutre Series. In October I travelled to Bozeman Montana to deliver a talk at the Museum of the Rockies. Next week February 23, 2015 I will be in Appleton Wisconsin giving a lecture called Don’t Let This Die with You: Pass This On to Others: Perspectives on First Nation Heritage and Archaeology. My lecture will be at…

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Public Archaeology – What Should have been in The News

Today’s post is a bit of a stretch for the theme public archaeology in the news, since media did not pick up on our recent work. The project most deserving of media attention would be the teaching resources recently released for the book Pisim Finds her Miskanow. Educational resources now available for Pisim Finds her Miskanow, a nationally awarded publication. The centre for research in young people’s texts and cultures (CRYTC)…

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Noteworthy Public Archaeology

A number of events have occurred this past year that are noteworthy. The book Pisim finds her Misknaow won a public commnunications award from the Canadian Archaeological Association in May 2014. This national award recognizes archaeology publications that engage the general public. Two display cases were produced for the Sagkeeng First Nation Heritage Centre. The exhibits were unveiled at the Heritage Centre on May 12, 2014. Two Eagles Cache Education Exhibit showcases…

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Society of American Archaeology Public Education Committee

For the week of February 16 – 21st the Society of American Archaeology has selected Manitoba as the featured province on their Public Education Committee outreach. I will be posting blogs each day on the themes. Monday is Noteworthy Public Archaeology – successful event Tuesday is Public Archaeology in the News – what got reported on in the news or what should have been Wednesday is Public Archaeology Events – upcoming…

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Not Quite Sandblasting – The Joy of Air Abrasive Cleaning

These past few months the Conservation lab has been filled with archaeological treasures from fur trading posts throughout the province. Artefacts range from small silver buttons, to beads, to awls and even the tiniest of padlocks. My concentration however has been on the treatment of artefacts composed of iron. These objects are usually covered in bright orange, red or brown corrosion products with mud and other debris attached – essentially…

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