An Example of Weci Apaciawik (So it will come back): A Wolastoqiyik Cultural Landscape
Type de publication:Conference Paper
Résumé (en anglais):
At the CAA conference in 1997, Karen Perley outlined a series of principles for archaeological researchers working with First Nations and their past. Weci Apaciawik is the principle of returning value, information, and research to First Nations individuals and groups. Recently the Maliseet (Wolastoqiyik) Advisory Committee on Archaeology, in conjuction with Parks Canada, sponsored a preliminary study on the cultural landscape of the Wolastoq (St. John River, in the Maritime Peninsula of Northeastern North America). In this study we attempted to bring together Wolastoqiyik and archaeological perspectives through integrating traditional oral histories and place names, archaeological sites databases, and historical documentation into a series of detailed Wolastoqkew maps. This project has become the platform for subsequent oral history and toponymic research within First Nations communities, and it is a preliminary attempt at Weci Apaciawik. We have learned that the flow of knowledge and communication proceeds in two directions, and in this presentation we will discuss our approach, and the unexpected potential of such projects to stimulate and refine a mutual understanding of past and present landscapes in the northeast.