New Archaeology near Prince Albert

Yesterday’s CBC story (written by Alexandre Silberman) is a great reminder that Cree Literacy is more than reading and writing. Exciting news of a current archaeological study near Prince Albert suggests it may have found proof written in the land itself of how quickly humans followed the retreat of the glaciers into the area. And the full engagement of local Cree knowledge keepers just increases the credibility of the project and its academic leaders.

Learn more about the project and its goals here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/northern-sask-archaeological-site-1.7257563

Sturgeon Lake Elder Willie Ermine, who led ceremony around the project says the location on the river was an important site for migratory animals, like bison, making it an ideal place to camp: “āsowahētān is the Cree word for this area, and it was a crossing for the buffalo to the south, to the great prairie,” he said. “When we say we lived with the buffalo thousands and thousands of years, well, this site will prove that.”

AVIF Photo credit: Willie Ermine, an elder from nearby Sturgeon Lake First Nation, helped lead a pipe ceremony before the start of the archaeological search. He said the site was once an important crossing point for bison, and it makes sense that his ancestors would have camped next to the river. (Don Somers/CBC.

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