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Posts From 2013

Pīsim finds her Miskanow


I have to share with you about the results of a wonderful project that I have been working on for the past 6 years…actually more like 20… In 1993, the remains of a woman were found at Nagami Bay (Onākaāmihk) west shore of Southern Indian Lake. The following year, community members from South Indian Lake and archaeologists worked together to recover our ancestor in a respectful and honourable way. The story of her miskanow, life journey, was pieced together from her remains and her belongings and told in the book Kayasochi Kikawenow, Our Mother from Long Ago, which I co-authored with E. Leigh Syms. After Kayasochi Kikawenow shared her ...
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Celebrating Indigenous Heritage


June 21 is the Summer Solstice and also is the New Year for the Rocky Cree and many other First Nation groups. This day is now recognized as the National Aboriginal Day, celebrating First Nations, Metis and Inuit culture and heritage. To mark this event a huge celebration was held at the Forks in downtown Winnipeg and The Manitoba Museum was one of the exhibitors. I was pleased to participate that day, honouring my heritage and my ancestors by paddling a 15 foot birch bark canoe down the Assiniboine River to the Forks. For thousands of years my ancestors have paddled the lakes and rivers of this beautiful land; being in the canoe connects me ...
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Three Days in the Interlake

Geology & Paleontology

Looking through my window at the still-snowy, still-wintry Winnipeg streetscape, I have to remind myself that spring is not far away. Soon the snow will leave and we will again be able to begin one of the most pleasurable of the Museum's activities: fieldwork. Last year, between various other projects, I worked with Bob Elias (University of Manitoba) and Ed Dobrzanski on gathering information that we could use in a field guidebook for this spring's Winnipeg GAC-MAC meeting (Geological Association of Canada - Mineralogical Association of Canada). Most of the sites we planned to include in the guidebook were well known to us, but there was one glaring absence: ...
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Tracking Atlatls in Manitoba


You may ask yourself what is an atlatl? An atlatl is a hunting tool that is in two parts, a dart or very thin spear and a throwing board which is used to propel the dart. In most of North America it was the hunting tool of choice for many thousands of years. Archaeologists often use the size of projectile points as indication of which hunting tool was used. To the best of our knowledge somewhere around 3,000 years before present the bow and arrow was introduced. For about 1,000 years atlatls and bows and arrows were used together. Somewhere around 2,000 years ago the atlatl fell out of ...
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