Anthropology Colloquium

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 22/09/2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location
Anthropology Dept. AP 246

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Professor Eldon Yellowhorn, Department of Archaeology & Department of First Nations Studies, Simon Fraser University

“From the Dog Days to the Rez: A Piikani Archaeologist Searches for the Roots of his Culture”
Studying Piikani culture, which is one branch of Niitsitapi (Blackfoot people), has been my main focus since my early days in graduate school. I was always motivated by wanting to learn more about the continuum of Piikani history beginning in the Dog Days, then the Horse Days, the end of the Buffalo Days and the onset of the reserve days. Advancing the goals of my historical archaeology research means triangulating the data from archival, oral history and material culture sources to gain insights about the early reserve days after 1880. Through the course of my career I have also examined Blackfoot oral narratives to better understand their archaeological manifestations. Having done so I can now apply absolute dates to some Blackfoot myths and I can organize them in chronological order. The goal of my research is to construct a new Blackfoot history since ancient times.

Dr. Eldon Yellowhorn is from the Piikani Nation. His early career in Archaeology began in southern Alberta where he studied the ancient cultures of the plains. He is especially interested in the mythology and folklore of his Piikani ancestors in both ancient and recent times. He is the co-author of First Peoples in Canada (2004) and Turtle Island: The Story of North America’s First People (2017). He was Chair for the Department of First Nations Studies (2012–17) at Simon Fraser University where he teaches courses dedicated to chronicling the experience of Aboriginal people across Canada. He is currently involved with field research in historical archaeology on the Piikani Nation. He produced a documentary about his work there entitled Digging up the Rez: Piikani Historical Archaeology (2014) and is currently working on Powwow.

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