The territory is absolutely of amazing history that you can see, But what it is even more full of is the history you cannot see. And the people that unearth it are the great people at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Center and their awesome team of archeologists and I got to sit down with Naomi one of their assessment archeologists.
“ We assess the area and make recommendations on the kind of archaeological studies needed to make sure no archaeology sites get negatively impacted in the course of development”
She dismissed some of the myths that all archaeologists do is dig up dinosaur bones and told me where she got her inspiration to start her path on becoming a assessment archeologist
“ I think it is something I always wanted to do and it is actually a common myth that we look at dinosaur bones.What we really study is human history. So I wanted to be an archeologist ever since I was a teenager from attending The Tundra Science and Culture Camp
She then told me about the archaeological site located near this camp which is a lake draining into another lake that caribou used to bottleneck through and the Tłı̨chǫ would get in their canoes and hunt them that way she then spoke about the history they’ve uncovered by talking to Tłı̨chǫ elders about the site
“The Tłı̨chǫ elders have said that caribou were hunted from canoes. Birchbark canoes they would enter the water and the hunters would stick their spears in either the neck or kidney of the caribou we continue to find all these stone tools on the ground and the Tłı̨chǫ official knowledge helps us translate it”
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