Community trip to Prince of wales northern heritage centre
In June 2015 community members from Sachs Harbour and team members from the University of Western Ontario visited the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife (PWNHC). The IAP organized this trip in response to community concerns about what happens to artifacts after archaeologists dig them up. Under Northwest Territories law, excavated artifacts are kept at the PWNHC, where they are carefully looked after. Everyone on the trip got to see and hold artifacts from Banks Island. We saw how conservators care for artifacts and learned about what happens behind the scenes at museums. The artifacts reminded Elders of stories about the past, which they shared with the group. The youth made 3D digital scans of artifacts to share with other community members. They also wrote and illustrated stories about their favourite artifacts.
Participants from Sachs Harbour included Elders Jean Harry and Lena Wolki, along with Beverly Amos (representing the Inuvialuit Cultural Resource Centre), Mariah Lucas and Bridget Wolki, and the following students from Inualthuyak School in Sachs Harbour: Agnes Amos, Sarah Chinna, Jasmine Keogak, Casydie Kudlak, Rosanne Lennie, and Alexis Lucas. Lisa Hodgetts, Beth Compton, and Laura Kelvin represented the University of Western Ontario. We were also joined by Mervin Joe from Parks Canada, and Charles Arnold, the former director of the PWNHC.
Media and Photos
In this video Sachs Harbour Elders Lena Wolki and Jean Harry talk about the artifacts from Banks Island that they saw on the community trip to Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. See more photos from our trip below.