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Traditional Wooden Structures on an Ancient Quartzite Quarry Site, Manitoulin Island, Canada

Author(s): Patrick Julig

Year: 2017

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Ancient quarry extraction locations on elevated bedrock outcrops continue to be used in the modern era for traditional activities such as constructing bent wooden sweat lodges and wooden shelters for fasting and meditation, which are built and maintained in modern times, over at least several decades. Other special "powerful" locations such as a cave in a Bar River Formation quartzite adjacent bluff are visited and used for spiritual activities by local First Nations members. As part of the sacred cultural landscape these topographically elevated quarry locations also appear to be "maintained," as broken glass from hilltop parties has been removed to clean the area. The continued traditional use for fasting and meditation may restrict other interpretive activities at such quarry workshop sites, as walking paths and visits by tourists are not too compatible with traditional activities such as fasting.


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Traditional Wooden Structures on an Ancient Quartzite Quarry Site, Manitoulin Island, Canada. Patrick Julig. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429709)


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min long: -142.471; min lat: 42.033 ; max long: -47.725; max lat: 74.402 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 15999

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America