Tshikapisk Foundation
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Tshikapisk's Kamestastin camp as it appeared in the fall of 2005. Photo: Nikeshant Andrew
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Kamestastin: an ideal location for scientific research and teaching
Tshikapisk's Kamestastin Center is an ideal location for those involved in environmental research and the study of arctic and sub-arctic ecology. The 7500 year old human history of Kamestastin is intimately connected to the story of the great herds of caribou of the peninsula that have shared the land with humans since deglaciation. It can truthfully be said that the modern landscape of this region is defined by the presence of caribou. Countless caribou paths thread themselves over the region and where the myriad paths converge at the ancient river and lake crossings they are sometimes carved deeply into the land. Tshikapisk's lodge is situated at one of these notable water crossings where for milennia the Innu have intercepted the caribou on their fall and spring migrations.The richness of the archaeological record around the Kamestastin crossing is a testament to the antiquity and depth of the relationship between the Innu and the caribou.
 
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Professor Derek Wilton of Memorial University's Geology department lectures Tshikapisk students and guests on the Kamestastin Impact Crater - September 2005. Photo: Wayne Broomfield, Altius
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Geomorphology -The study of the processes which formed the remarkable landscape at Kamestastin.
Kamestastin's geological history and, in particular its origins as a complex meteor impact crater heavily scoured by the glaciers of the last north american ice age (whose final hold out in continental North America was in the Kamestastin region) makes it a remarkable living classroom for those studying or learning about the processes by which the land has been formed and changed over eons of time.
 
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At Kanahastkuanikanist, near Kamestastin, Shustin Rich examines 5000 yr old caribou spear point made of Ramah Chert. Photo: Anthony Jenkinson
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Archeology at Kamistastin
The archaeology at Kamestastin gives us a glimpse into the last 8,000 years of life in Nitassinan (Labrador/Northeastern Quebec), from the retreat of the last glaciers to the present day. Working with Innu youth and elders and a team of Smithsonian archaeologists, you will have a chance to learn and discover these histories for yourself.

For more images of the sites and artifacts revealed during the joint research undertaken by Tshikapisk Foundation and the Arctic Studies Center see the archaeology section of the Gallery pages on this website.
 
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Uashekan Benuen and Makatan (Jonathan Pinette) during September 2005 Archaeology program at Kamestastin. Photo: Stephen Loring
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Summer and Fall Archaeology Programs
Each year since 2000 Tshikapisk Foundation has organized Summer or Fall archaeology/ Innu history programs at Kamestastin or in the adjoining region. In September 2005 The Tshikapisk Archaeology program involved a group of Innu youth sponsored by the Sheshatshit Innu Council.
 
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Research initiatives under development between Tshikapisk Foundation and associated agencies and institutional partners.
 
Past Seasons
Click here for information on past seasons (pdf file).

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