Newsletter: Toronto Chapter Ontario Archaeological Society
September 2008 25 (3) ISNB: 0832-8439
Editor: Mima Kapches mima.kapches @sympatico.ca
September 17 Ken Lister, Assistant Curator, Royal Ontario Museum, “In Tangled
Silence: The Lost Leg of the French Portage.”
ALL MEETINGS are Wednesdays at 7:30 P.M. Anthropology Building, Room 246,
University of Toronto, 19 Russell Street.
March 19th, 2008, Toronto Chapter members are obviously having a lot of fun! You can
join in come to a meeting, meet old friends and make new ones too. (Photo by Carol
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MESSAGE FROM THE attendance of an Aboriginal Elder. This
PRESIDENT: Sylvia Teaves year we have had to step outside usual
I do hope that everyone had a OAS practices and pay for expenses
great summer - despite the wretched rain such as travel and accommodation for
and the storms that plagued us seemingly these guests, so any amount you can give
forever! would help us keep within budget. Tax
Many of our Chapter members receipts are available for donations over
have been very active throughout the $20.
summer months planning for the 2008 Third, please do respond to
OAS Symposium with our co-sponsors, Christine Caroppo’s appeal for items for
the Toronto & Region Conservation the Silent Auction. We are making this
Authority. By now you should have a really big event this year and our goal
received the registration material in the is to raise $1,000. If all of us dig deep
mail and you will see that we are have a into the back of our closets for unused
very ambitious program planned with items that can be ‘regifted’ to the auction,
lots of great presentations and fun social we should be able to reach this goal.
activities. And don’t forget to keep bidding when
We are particularly excited about the auction is open on Saturday!
the opening event on Friday afternoon, Fourth, we really do need as
which involves a 4-hour Round Table many people as possible to volunteer
discussion with Aboriginal Elders from their time during the Symposium. Janice
four main cultural groups: the Huron- Teichroeb will be sending out a list
Wendat Confederacy, the Six Nations asking for people to sign up for specific
Confederacy, the Algonkin Anishnabe tasks in specific time slots. Please do
Nations, and the Métis Nation. This will volunteer for at least one task. If all of
provide a unique opportunity for us do a little, we can spread the load so
Aboriginal Leaders and Archaeologists that no single person is overloaded.
to get together and learn from each other Finally, I would hope that as many of
through the exchange of information on you as possible will demonstrate your
everything from aboriginal cultural support for the Chapter by attending the
values to archaeological goals and ethics. Symposium. For those who may have
We believe that this will be an important difficulty reaching the hotel venue for
and enlightening session for both OAS the Friday and Sunday parts of the
members and the aboriginal groups program, we do offer one-day
represented. registration on Saturday at the Black
As this is a Chapter event, we Creek site, which is accessible by TTC.
need to have every member to get I hope to see you all there.
involved. There are a number of ways Other ongoing Chapter activities
that you can do this. First, I encourage as include a great slate of speakers that
many people as possible to register early. Mima Kapches has lined up throughout
Not only is there a financial gain to you the fall (and into the New Year). I do
by doing this, but it gives us some cash encourage you to come out on the third
flow for up-front expenses. Wednesday of the month. Our new
Second, when you register, I quarters in the Board Room of the
hope you will also consider making a Anthropology Building (19 Russell
small donation to help support the
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Street at Huron) are a great improvement Poster Session
on the basement in Sid Smith. Book Room: New and Used Books, Book
Signings, Exhibits, Huge Silent Auction, and
And last but not least, I hope you more
have set aside Saturday, November 29, Self-Tours of Black Creek Pioneer Village
for the Annual Members Christmas Banquet with Entertainment
Party. This will be at my home, and
hopefully it is scheduled early enough Sunday, October 19
Hilton Garden Inn, 3201 Hwy 7 West,
that we will not be snow-bound like last Vaughan
year! Look for more information in the Program begins at 8.00 a.m.
Annual Business Meeting and Discussion of
See you at the Chapter meetings OAS Strategic Plan
and at the Symposium! NB: These workshops are concurrent
Workshop B: Artifact Curation
Workshop C: Butchering Practices
O.A.S. SYMPOSIUM 2008 Workshop D: Lithics
October 17-19, 2008
Black Creek Pioneer Village, Toronto, Included in the registration are: Free
and access to Black Creek Pioneer Village all
Hilton Garden Inn, Vaughan day Saturday; Reception on Friday
Evening; Breakfast and Lunch on
COLLABORATIONS: PAST Saturday; Breakfast on Sunday.
PEOPLES, FUTURE The Hilton Garden Inn in located on
PARTNERS, SHARING Highway 7 West, midway between Highway
400 and Jane Street.
KNOWLEDGE Accommodation for OAS Symposium
attendees is $119 per night for a double
room. Please make reservations directly
Program Highlights with the hotel at 905-660-4700, mentioning
the Ontario Archaeological Society.
Friday, October 17
Black Creek Pioneer Village is located at
Hilton Garden Inn, 3201 Hwy 7 West,
Jane and Steeles. It is just a few minutes by
car, taxi or Viva Bus from the hotel; there will
Program begins at 1 p.m.
also be OAS shuttle buses running between
Collaborations: Round Table Discussion the hotel and Black Creek at selected times
with Aboriginal Leaders on Saturday (check the schedule at the
Workshop A: Careers in Archaeology Registration Desk). Black Creek provides
Presidents Meeting free parking. It is also directly accessible by
Evening Reception TTC (Steeles Bus 60 and Jane Buses 35C &
Slide Presentations: D go to the corner of Jane and Steeles;
Tribute to Bob Burgar’s 25 Year Career in Jane Bus 35B goes into Black Creek, but
Archaeology you need to check times with the TTC).
- Visual Tour of Black Creek Pioneer
Saturday, October 18, October 15 Dr. Conrad Heidenreich,
Black Creek Pioneer Village, Jane & Professor Emeritus, York University,
Steeles, Toronto “Champlain before 1604.”
Program begins at 7.30 a.m.
Paper Session Themes: Bob Burgar Tribute November 19, Debbie Steiss, MA,
Papers, Pre-Contact, Historic, Partner, Centralized Support Services,
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Archaeological Services Inc. Toronto. end of the French Portage in Quetico
“The Science of Managing Provincial Park. This discovery not only
Archaeology” grants geographical context to the
painting, but it restores the identity of
Annual Members Christmas Party, this portion of the French Portage that
Saturday November 29 (see next issue may harbour archaeological evidence of
for details) long-term Native and non-Native travel.
January 21, 2009 is Members’ Night, October 15 Dr. Conrad Heidenreich. I
let us know if you wish to make a will try to present an interpretation of
presentation. Champlain’s life up to the end of his first
voyage to Canada with a brief sketch of
February 18, Robert von Bitter. Ontario his later career. Much of this material is
Ministry of Culture, “Management of based on research done for a new
Archaeological Site Data at the Ontario translation and edition of Champlain’s
Ministry of Culture” writings for The Champlain Society. The
following topics will be examined: What
do we know about the youthful
ABSTRACTS: Champlain? His probable schooling and
September 17: Ken Lister In the mid- technical training. His role in the army
19th century, Canadian artist, Paul Kane, of Henri IV in Brittany (1595-98). The
traveled with the Hudson’s Bay voyage to Spain and the West Indies
Company canoe brigades and during his (1598-1601). Circumstances leading up
journey he sketched the Native Peoples to the voyage to Canada (1600-1603).
he met and the Canadian landscape. He The first voyage to Canada, 1603.
returned to his Toronto studio and by Character traits of Champlain. Summary
1856 had completed more than 100 oil of Champlain’s later career to his death.
paintings inspired by his sketched
images. On March 5, 1904, thirty-three November 19 Debbie Steiss. In North
years after the artist’s death, the America, the vast majority of
Lieutenant Governor opened an archaeological research is now
exhibition of Kane’s paintings. This undertaken by consulting archaeologists.
cycle of paintings would eventually Managing the investigation of
come to the ROM along with a series of archaeological resources and the
misidentifications that still haunt the resultant archaeological record depends
collection more than a century later. as much on sound project management
One painting titled French River Rapids as archaeological expertise. When
illustrates trade canoes beached at a professional archaeologists develop
portage landing and it has been assumed skills in organizational strategies and
that this scene represents an unknown structures, they and archaeology benefit.
location on the important French River In the case of ASI, the search for a better
trade route between Lake Nipissing and understanding of the science of
Georgian Bay. However, in a confusion managing archaeology led to a clearer
of trees and brush the location of Kane’s outline of our internal processes and
image has been discovered 830 information flow and subsequently to an
kilometers to the northwest at the eastern innovative integrated work system.
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November is the annual T.OAS party. Chapter member Carl Benn has left the
Saturday November 29th. City of Toronto for an exciting new post,
that of Chair of the History Department
No meeting in December! at Ryerson University. Good luck Carl,
don’t forget to tell your students about
January is Members Night... Stay the Toronto Chapter of the OAS!
tuned for information on
presentations. Margie Kenedy, had a letter to the Editor
Toronto Star, June 24, 2008 (AA7),
February 18th Robert Von Bitter of the “Aboriginal day all but forgotten.”
MCC will speak on: Management of
Archaeological Site Data at the Cathy Crinnion and the TRCA, had a big
Ontario Ministry of Culture spread in the Toronto Star, August 18,
This presentation will provide a history 2008 (A8-A9), “A summer class teens
of how archaeological site information really dig.”
has been managed at the Ontario
Ministry of Culture over the years. The If you see chapter news please let me
Ministry’s use of Geographical know.
Information Systems (GIS) will be
highlighted, as will, recent work focused T.OAS CONTACT INFORMATION
on integrating various silos of Mailing address: T.OAS, Toronto’s
archaeology related data. Finally, an First Post Office, 260 Adelaide Street E.,
outline of the Ministry’s information Box 48, Toronto, ON, M5A 1N1.
management goals will be given, Website:
including those involving electronic http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/anthrop
service delivery. ology/oas/torchapt.html.
President: Sylvia @teaves.com
Websites of Interest Vice-President: jteichroeb
The National Historic Sites Board has @sympatico.ca
established a series of walking tours of Treasurer: knowltonne @start.ca
Toronto that visit National Historic Sites Recording Secretary: Annie Gould
(of course!). These are accessible on Web editor: preed @chass.utoronto.ca
their website, just Google “Toronto Profile Editor: mimak @rom.on.ca
National Historic Sites Urban Walks.” Winter weekend: jordave
There are maps and details of each @mergetel.com
significant site for you to read.
NEWS November 6-9, 2008, Eastern States
Carol Bruce, the producer and director Archaeological Federation Meetings are
of the film “Written in the Earth: The being held in Lockport, New York. The
Story of Davisville” did send the film to Saturday papers are dedicated to the
the CAA where it won an award! Good Chert specialist Dr. Jack Holland and
work Carol. The DVD is available there are some really great papers.
through www.Goodminds.com for Several Ontario archaeologists are
$49.95. giving papers, plan to attend.
O.A.S. SYMPOSIUM 2008
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“COLLABORATIONS: PAST PEOPLES, FUTURE PARTNERS, SHARING KNOWLEDGE”
IMPORTANT NOTE: To help us plan for numbers, please indicate all events
you wish to attend, even if there is no separate charge involved.
PHONE __________________ E-MAIL
Member Registration – prior to September 30 $70 _______
Member Registration – after September 30 and at door $90 _______
Non-Member Registration $100 _______
Student Registration – prior to September 30 * $40 _______
Student Registration – after September 30 and at door * $50
One-Day Registration (Saturday only) $65 _______
Round Circle Discussion with Aboriginal Elders n/c
Friday Reception n/c
Saturday Banquet ** $50 _______
Saturday Banquet – Guest Rate ** $60 _______
Please provide name of guest _______________________________
Saturday Banquet – Student Rate ** $35 _______
Sunday Breakfast and Members Annual Business Meeting n/c
Workshop A (Careers) n/c
Workshop B (Artifact Curation) $10 _______
Workshop C (Faunal) $10 _______
Workshop D (Lithics) $10 _______
Donation to help support the participation of an Aboriginal Elder _______
[Donations of $20 and over will receive a tax deductible receipt]
TOTAL ENCLOSED _______
* Students must provide a copy of their current student I/D.
** Vegetarian meal requested
By cheque or money order, made out to “TOAS (2008 Symposium)” mailed to:
Toronto Chapter, OAS
Box 48, Adelaide Street Post Office
Toronto, ON, M5A 1N1
(b) By PayPal at the Symposium web page:
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