Aboriginal archeology tells story of ancient village in Vancouver

Jun 28 2016, 8:07 am

As we come to the end of Aboriginal History Month, the Museum of Vancouver is going back in time with a discussion on Aboriginal archeology and tools.

On July 7, Musqueam community member Wayne Point will look at how First Nations people protected archaeological sites and how their ancestors’ knowledge survives today.

Point will also share the fishing technologies created by Musqueam ancestors, such as toggling harpoons, cod lures, herring rakes, and three-prong spears made of antlers.

The talk is part of the c̓əsnaʔəm: the city before the city exhibition, which aims to create a space for Musqueam people to share the culture and history of their village c̓əsnaʔəm.

Now located in the Marpole neighbourhood, c̓əsnaʔəm was first occupied almost 5,000 years ago; it became one of the largest of the Musqueam people’s ancient village sites.

Over the past 125 years, archaeologists, collectors, and treasure hunters have mined the c̓əsnaʔəm village and burial ground for artifacts and ancestral remains.

Aboriginal Archeology at MOV

Where: Museum of Vancouver – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver

When: Thursday, July 7, at 7 pm

Tickets: At MOV, entry $15 full price or $11 for students

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