February Meeting Announcement


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.