Jessie Caldwell Memorial Lecture — November Meeting Announcement

Please join us on Fri­day, Novem­ber 15th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archae­ol­o­gy Build­ing on the U of S Cam­pus (55 Cam­pus Dri­ve) for our the 2019–2020 Jessie Cald­well Memo­r­i­al Lec­tur­er! Dr. Jill Tay­lor-Hollings (Lake­head Uni­ver­si­ty) will be speak­ing on “Archae­ol­o­gy of the Miskweyaabizi­ibee (Blood­vein Riv­er) in North­west­ern Ontario: Part of Canada’s Newest UNESCO World Her­itage Site”. All are wel­come to attend!

Abstract: Archae­ol­o­gy of the Miskweyaabizi­ibee (Blood­vein Riv­er) in North­west­ern Ontario: Part of Canada’s Newest UNESCO World Her­itage Site
Jill Tay­lor-Hollings’ project inves­ti­gat­ed the archae­ol­o­gy of the Miskweyaabizi­ibee (Blood­vein Riv­er) with­in Wood­land Cari­bou Provin­cial Park in north­west­ern Ontario and focused main­ly on the Late Wood­land through to post­con­tact time­frames. It was enhanced by the avail­abil­i­ty of com­ple­men­tary Anishi­naabe tra­di­tion­al knowl­edge as well as ethno­graph­ic and eth­no­his­toric infor­ma­tion. Ten com­mu­ni­ty archae­o­log­i­cal sur­vey projects were under­tak­en along the Blood­vein Riv­er, as part of ongo­ing part­ner­ships with Ontario Parks and Pikangikum, Lac Seul, and Lit­tle Grand Rapids First Nations with­in their tra­di­tion­al ter­ri­to­ries. Both the Blood­vein Riv­er and Wood­land Cari­bou Provin­cial Park are now part of Pima­chiowin Aki, Canada’s newest UNESCO World Her­itage site, which was des­ig­nat­ed based on both nat­ur­al and cul­tur­al val­ues.

Eighty archae­o­log­i­cal sites and 24 quartz quar­ry locales were found along the Blood­vein Riv­er in Ontario dur­ing these projects. Results from field­work were com­bined with a reanaly­sis of assem­blages from the only oth­er sur­vey of the riv­er in Ontario, dur­ing the West Patri­cia archae­o­log­i­cal study in the 1970s, to iden­ti­fy occu­pa­tions span­ning the entire­ty of the pre­con­tact time frame. A review of per­ti­nent eth­no­his­toric and ethno­graph­ic ref­er­ences com­bined with infor­ma­tion from Anishi­naabe com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers about more recent post­con­tact sites and land use pro­vid­ed informed inter­pre­ta­tions of recent cul­tur­al and tech­no­log­i­cal changes. Over­all, by com­bin­ing the dif­fer­ent epis­te­molo­gies of archae­ol­o­gists, Anishi­naabe com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers, and park staff a more holis­tic view of the ancient and recent peo­ple who lived along the Blood­vein Riv­er in Ontario was elu­ci­dat­ed. Since Wood­land Cari­bou Provin­cial Park is part of the larg­er Pima­chiowin Aki UNESCO World Her­itage Site, we con­tributed some of this infor­ma­tion towards the nom­i­na­tion, park, and com­mu­ni­ty plan­ning doc­u­ments.

Jill Tay­lor-Hollings has been work­ing in the Depart­ment of Anthro­pol­o­gy at Lake­head Uni­ver­si­ty since 2001. She is cur­rent­ly an adjunct pro­fes­sor and post­doc­tor­al fel­low with the SSHRC fund­ed part­ner­ship project “Six Sea­sons of the Asiniskaw Ithini­wak” based at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Win­nipeg and in Man­i­to­ba Rocky Cree com­mu­ni­ties. Jill is an archae­ol­o­gist spe­cial­iz­ing in pre­con­tact pot­tery, lithics, and pub­lic archae­ol­o­gy who has worked in cen­tral Cana­da, Aus­tralia, and the USA. Jill has over 25 years of expe­ri­ence work­ing on numer­ous aca­d­e­m­ic, con­sult­ing, muse­um, and com­mu­ni­ty-based archae­o­log­i­cal projects. She com­plet­ed three degrees in archaeology/anthropology includ­ing a recent PhD at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Alber­ta, MA at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan, and BA Hon­ours at Bran­don Uni­ver­si­ty. Her dis­ser­ta­tion inves­ti­gat­ed ancient and more recent Indige­nous life­ways along the Miskweyaabizi­ibee (Blood­vein Riv­er) with­in Wood­land Cari­bou Provin­cial Park, which is now part of the Pima­chiowin Aki UNESCO World Her­itage site. A key com­po­nent is ongo­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions with Anishi­naabeg from Pikangikum, Lit­tle Grand Rapids, and Lac Seul First Nations, who have tra­di­tion­al ter­ri­to­ries along the Blood­vein Riv­er, as well as park staff. Jill is orig­i­nal­ly from south­ern Man­i­to­ba, so enjoys both Plains and Bore­al For­est Cana­di­an stud­ies in par­tic­u­lar.


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