Sambaa K’e Archaeology Project

Glen MacKay (NWT Archaeologist’s Permit 2014-013)

Glen MacKay and Sarah Bannon of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre continued an archaeological survey of the traditional land use area of the Sambaa K’e (Trout Lake) got’ine under NWT Archaeologists Permit 2014-013.

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 community elders.

Traveling by boat around Sambaa K’e, we recorded 12 new archaeological sites, consisting mainly of precontact camps containing stone tools, and historic camps.

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