This is where I live, but it's not my home : archaeology and identity in Sandwich Bay, Labrador

Pace, Jessica E. (Jessica Erin) (2008) This is where I live, but it's not my home : archaeology and identity in Sandwich Bay, Labrador. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This research uses narratives gathered from Métis elders and data from archaeological survey to access information about the importance of abandoned traditional sites near Cartwright, Labrador to the formation and maintenance of southeastern Labrador Métis identity. The correlation between landscapes and the formation of personal and group identity is well documented in the literature concerning landscape archaeology; however, displacement is often overlooked in this context. This research tests theories related to archaeologies of landscape and memory by investigating the ways in which events that have caused displacement of the Labrador Métis from traditional villages to larger, more permanent settlements have influenced and continue to affect the formation of the Métis cultural identity. By considering the interrelated theories of landscape, memory and identity this research demonstrates that landscape not only shapes Labrador Métis group identity but is also intentionally modified by the Métis in an effort to maintain and solidify their connection to their collective past.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/9371
Item ID: 9371
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 124-131).
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Archaeology
Date: 2008
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador--Labrador--Sandwich Bay
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Collective memory--Newfoundland and Labrador--Sandwich Bay; Landscape archaeology--Newfoundland and Labrador--Sandwich Bay; Métis--Newfoundland and Labrador--Sandwich Bay--History; Sandwich Bay (N.L.)--History

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