Archaeological Gender-Based Spatial Analysis
Adaptation for Survival
Most Canadians have no knowledge of our sub-Arctic
cultures. These were nomadic hunter societies, compelled to
intersect swift-moving herds of caribou over broad ranges, and left few
their presence. And yet these uncovered and surface remains have become
keys to our understanding of how they survived this harsh environment.
Let us look first at their Chronology, through 8000 years of
adaption to biophysical change.
From Past to Present >
Select from any era on our Chart a description
Anecdotal records are few, and only begin with the arrival of European
explorers and fur-traders. With the introduction of metal for tools and
weapons, hunting methods changed radically, but did not initially
caribou's importance to human survival. The artist drawings on this
page are broad representations of these ancestral cultures, based upon
the range and features of artifacts we can date to their presence.
Images are courtesy of Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture,
Heritage and Tourism; artist: Larry Jamieson