Sambaa K’e Archaeology Project

Glen MacKay (NWT Archaeologist’s Permit 2007-012)

Glen MacKay of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre continued an archaeological survey of the traditional land use area of the Sambaa K’e got’ine (Trout Lake People) under NWT Archaeological Permit 2007‐012. Edward Jumbo (Sambaa K’e Elder), Emily Jumbo (Sambaa K’e Elder) and Margaret Jumbo (translator) were partners in this project. Several community students also participated in the fieldwork.

A collaborative effort between Elders, students and archaeologists, the Sambaa K’e Archaeology Project involves visiting important cultural places identified by the Elders of the Sambaa K’e Dene Band, and documenting them as archaeological sites. The project has a strong educational component for high school students from the community, with students receiving instruction in archaeological survey methods and learning about important cultural places from their elders.

In 2007, we recorded 6 new archaeological sites, including historic camps, traditional trails and precontact sites, and conducted further investigation at two previously recorded archaeological sites. In addition to the community archaeology project, we also conducted an archaeological impact assessment (AIA) of a new forestry base proposed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR), GNWT.

(Edited by Shelley Crouch, Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre)