Posted 29 February 2008, 8:17 am NST
We received the following e-mail from Stephen Loring on February 22, 2008

"This just to let you know that I received the radiocarbon date from the tiny bits of charcoal that Tony spent days carefully collecting from the site of Tshumushumapeu –the old caribou-crossing place at Kamestastin. My guess was only off ten years! The radiocarbon date came back 5790+40 B.P. (BP means "years before the present", the "present" according to the scientists is 1950). This is, I am pretty sure, the...
Posted 21 October 2007, 6:33 pm NDT
Tshikapisk was pleased to welcome biologists Isabelle Schmelzer and Gerry Yetman to Kamestastin in the second week of October 2007. Isabelle is with the Newfoundland and Labrador Government and Gerry with the Habitat Stewardship office of the Federal Government's Species at Risk program. The purpose of their visit to Kamestastin was to set in motion preparations for the setting up in March 2008 of 20 wolverine hair snagging devices. They brought with them materials for the building of the 20...
Posted 19 October 2007, 9:42 am NDT
In early October Tshikapisk welcomed Dr John Jacobs and post graduate student Andrew Trant to Kamestastin. Dr Jacobs is director of the Labrador Highlands Project of Memorial University's geography department, an initiative researching climate change indicators at the fringe between tundra and boreal forest. John Jacobs held several sessions of field training at Kamestastin with Innu Nation Environmental guardians Hank Rich and Sebastien Piwas. Dr Jacobs and Andrew Trant also reconnoitred the area as a candidate location for a new climate change monitoring site, and installed an unmanned device to record daily temperatures and humidity at Kamestastin.
Posted 19 October 2007, 9:33 am NDT
In September and October 2007 a group from Tshikapisk again joined Dr Stephen Loring of the Smithsonian Institution's Arctic Studies center in continuing research into Innu history.This fall activities again combined field surveys with excavations of known sites. Most of the latter work was concentrated at a site within the Tshumushumapeu complex provisionally dated to within 5000 to 6000 years BP. The work produced calcined bones and apparently "good" charcoal from a hearth feature so we hope for a radio carbon date from this site before too long.
Posted 24 October 2006, 1:34 pm NDT
In partnership with St Mary's University and Innu Nation Tshikapisk hosted a 4 week long training program in archaeology and caribou studies from September 19th to October 17th. For the first two weeks (timed to coincide with the presence of caribou at Kamestastin) the participants took part in a series of activities around caribou knowledge and Innu cultural practises. The second two weeks were devoted to instruction in ancient Innu history and heritage conservation and protection. The latter included archaeological survey techniques and the identification and protection of Innu historic sites. An important part of the program at Kamestastin during the September/October 2006 work involved youth "at risk" from Natuashish. Several new sites were identified during the program, of which two of the most important were identified by the Natuashish participants.
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