Dana Lepofsky is a professor in the Department of Archaeology, at Simon Fraser University. She conducts archaeological and ethnoecological research that spans disciplines and communities and that situates the knowledge and experiences of the past in current social and ecological contexts. Dana’s brand of archaeology involves working with and learning from Indigenous communities of the Pacific Northwest to document how their past interactions with their lands and seas are recorded in memory, language, and the ecological, paleoecological, and archaeological records. She is enthusiastic about bringing together settler and Indigenous populations to promote Indigenous heritage conservation.
While considered off the beaten path today, the archaeology of Xwe’etay/Lasqueti Island demonstrates that the island’s position in the middle of the Salish Sea meant that it was a center for a large and thriving permanent community, with wide social and economic connections. As part of the Xwe’etay/Lasqueti Archaeology Project (www.lasquetiarc.ca ) we are learning much about the rich Indigenous heritage of the island. In this talk, we will present some of what we have learned about the island’s archaeological record, and also talk about how to best honor and protect these precious insights into the past — so they are preserved for the future.
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Date & Time
Monday June 20th
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Museum Centennial Building: enter through glass doors.
Masks continue to be mandatory for anyone over 5 years old, for the duration of all events at the Museum.