Join us on Friday, February 10th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archaeology Building on the U of S Campus (55 Campus Drive)! Dr. Kisha Supernant (University of Alberta) will be speaking on “Exploring the Patterns of Métis Overwintering in Saskatchewan: Chimney Coulee and the Search for Round Prairie”. All are welcome to attend!
Abstract: Exploring the Patterns of Métis Overwintering in Saskatchewan: Chimney Coulee and the Search for Round Prairie
The Canadian west during the 1800s provides an interesting historical and archaeological case study that has potential to shed light on the dynamics of settlement, material culture, and the mobile nature of Métis peoples. Based originally in the Red River Settlement, some of the Métis began to expand west after 1845, forming interconnected wintering communities to participate in winter bison hunting. These wintering communities were almost entirely inhabited by Métis families, so the assemblages from wintering sites present a test case to examine the day to day material culture of the Métis hunting brigades during the mid- to late-1800s. In this paper, I examine patterns from previous and new excavations of Métis occupation at the Chimney Coulee site, near East End, Saskatchewan to explore how Métis communities balanced the mobility of buffalo hunting with the need for a protected home base during the difficult prairie winters. I examine the current data from wintering sites to help predict where we might find additional overwintering locations in Saskatchewan, including the elusive Round Prairie wintering site.
Biography: Dr. Kisha Supernant
Dr. Kisha Supernant is Métis and an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alberta, specializing in the application of mapping methods to the human past and present and how archaeologists and communities can build collaborative research relationships. Her research interests include the relationship between cultural identities, landscapes and the use of space, Métis archaeology, indigenous archaeology, indigenous feminisms, the legal and ethical implications of archaeology, and the role of digital mapping and GIS spatial analysis in archaeological research. She has published in local and international journals on GIS in archaeology, collaborative archaeological practice, and conceptual mapping in digital humanities. Dr. Supernant is currently the PI of the SSHRC Funded EMITA (Exploring Métis Identity Through Archaeology) project.