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Listening to Ancestors: Ground-penetrating Radar in Residential School Landscapes
UBC's Laboratory of Archaeology (LOA) and Musqueam Indian Band (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) co-developed a capacity in the use of ground-penetrating radar (GPR) for locating unmarked graves in 2007. This work continues today including within the landscapes of former Indian Residential Schools. Our work emerged from a long history of relationships between xʷməθkʷəy̓əm and UBC archaeologists that date back to the 1940s. Over this time, the nature of our partnership has developed as we seek to understand how to frame an equitable partnership within asymmetrical relations. In this paper we present Musqueam perspectives on this relationship, reflect on IRS work undertaken in partnership with Penelakut Tribe, and consider the scholarship on the nature of uncertainty within archaeological logic that emerges from the GPR signals of Musqueam ancestors.

Dec 9, 2021 03:30 PM in Vancouver

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