Archaeology and memories on Birch Island

Brenan, Julia (2019) Archaeology and memories on Birch Island. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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The site of Birch Island has been targeted by the non-profit Healthy Waters Labrador (HWL) and larger Labrador tourism initiative for conservation, environmental education, and commemoration of the former Birch Island settlement. The settlement existed from 1942 to 1969 when it was resettled under the Fisheries Household Resettlement Program. The goal of this project was to gather historical data to inform the information plaques that will be placed around the island. To fulfill this goal, an online survey was set up, 17 individuals were formally interviewed, and a map of surface debris from the former settlement was created. The analysis shows the changing landscape, the island’s traditions, and everyday interactions of life. The product of this research is an amalgamated body of knowledge including archival information, photos, interviews, and archaeological analysis of debris and artifacts that will assist in informing the information plaques planned for Birch Island by HWL.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 13725
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 137-149).
Keywords: Memory, Archaeology, Birch Island, Labrador
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Archaeology
Date: May 2019
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Cultural property--Newfoundland and Labrador--Happy Valley-Goose Bay Region; Happy Valley-Goose Bay Region (N.L.)--Antiquities; Happy Valley-Goose Bay Region (N.L.)--20th century--History

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