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Archaeology of the Aah Waapischiukaashii - ᐅᐱᔥᒍᑳᔒ- Hunting Blinds

(Chisasibi, CH5 Trapline)

Publication title:

Understanding adaptations to the changing landscapes in the context of isostatic rebound through science and Cree traditional ecological knowledge

During this project we investigated ancient waterfowl hunting sites using Cree Traditional Ecological Knowledge about waterfowl behavior and the coastal landscape, and Western Science (geomorpholy and archaeology) to understand the date of occupation and nature of the occupation at the sites.

Using isostatic rebound (in Cree: aah nihtaauchihch aschii) rates for northern James Bay, Cree Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Cree oral history we were able to date the sites to between 400 and 500 years before the present.

For more information on the outcomes of this project, please visit the ESRI Story Map.

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HOUSE trapline archaeology project

(Chisasibi, Ch1 Trapline)

In the summer of 2020, we investigated different structures revealed by the 2002 forest fires on the trapline. These fires revealed dozens of major occupations including the site of a shaputuan estimated to 200 years old. The excavation produced both traditional Cree lithic technologies (flintknapping) and European technologies.

At the request of the Cree Nation of Chisasibi and the CH1 trapline families, the artefacts will remained stored at the Chisasibi Cultural and Heritage Centre.

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