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Caribou heading over mountain on Kamestastin south side as moon rises in the evening
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Gary McGuffin's Kamestastin photos from October 2008
Photos taken by the professional photographer Gary McGuffin during his participation in the W.R.E.A.F visit to Kamestastin in the fall of 2008 are now in the gallery section of this site. Please remember that these images have been made available to Tshikapisk Foundation but should not be used anywhere else without the express permission of Gary and Joanie McGuffin (adventurerssympaticoca) Versions of these photos used on the Tshikapisk site have been reduced to make them compatible with the photo loading function of this site. Full resolution versions of the photos are available from Gary and Joanie McGuffin (www.garyandjoaniemcguffin.com)
 
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Study for painting by John Pitcher
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Visit to Kamestastin by W.R.E.A.F. artist's group - September/October 2008
In late September and the first two weeks of October 2008 Tshikapisk Foundation was honoured to be able to host a group of artists and photographers from Wilderness River Expeditions Art Foundation (W.R.E.A.F.) at the Kamestastin Camp. The group which was led by W.R.E.A.F. Executive Director Rob Mullen and which was composed of some of the leading wildlife artists in North America spent almost three weeks at Kamestastin. When weather conditions permitted (and sometimes when they didn't) they sketched and painted and took photographs to assist with later studio work. Many thanks to all the W.R.E.A.F. Kamestastin group for making the trip and for helping out with all the necessary chores around camp. For details of the expedition and some beautiful photographs please visit the W.R.E.A.F. website www.wreaf.org. Please also visit the websites of the participating artists :

Linda Besse, Washington: (www.besseart.com)
Cole Johnson, New York (www.colejohnsonart.com)
Jay Johnson, Massachusetts (www.jayjjohnson.com)
Gary McGuffin, Ontario (www.garyandjoaniemcguffin.com)
Rob Mullen, Vermont (www.paintnpaddlestudio.com)
Steve Oliver, Pennsylvania (www.steveoliverart.com)
John Pitcher, Vermont (www.goldleafstudiosinc.com)
Sue Westin, Vermont (www.goldleafstudiosinc.com)
 
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Napeu Atikush and Punas Rich excavating ancestral Innu site at the Tshumushumapeu complex
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Archaeological site at Kamestastin radio carbon dated at 5790 BP
Charcoal samples from a fireplace at an old Innu campsite at Kamestastin have been radio carbon dated at 5790 BP plus or minus 40 years. As dates are given using 1950 as the "present", this means that the campsite fireplace is anything between 5888 and 5848 years old. This makes it the oldest radio carbon dated feature in interior Northern Quebec/Labrador to date. Judging on the styles of tools and caribou spear points found at Kamestastin there were actually Innu there as much as 7500 years ago but Tshikapisk has yet to obtain a good charcoal sample to generate the radio carbon dates for these older features.
 
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Tshanis Rich filming climate change monitoring training at Kamestastin, October 2007. Photo: Val Courtois
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New photos of Fall activities at Kamestastin 2007
Please see the gallery section for new photos of the various activities undertaken this fall, September and October 2007, at Kamestastin.
 
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Candace Cochrane, 1969.
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Candace Cochrane's Photos
Candace Cochrane's photos were taken in the late 1960s and early 1980s. They include many Innu photos from those periods and were taken in Sheshatshit, Utshimassits and in the country and on the coast near Utshimassits. To see these pictures, click on the link to "Candace Cochrane's Photographs" on the left.
 
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Uishak - male caribou with females in October threatens intruder
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Tshikapisk activities at Kamestastin September to October 2007
A number of Mushuauinnu families spent several weeks at Kamestastin this fall. They were at Kamestastin to hunt caribou, make dry meat (pasteu uiash), and process skins. Among the families were those of Penote and Kastin Pokue, Kanikue Rich, and Tatesh Rich.

The Tshikapisk facilities were also visited by the Natuashish group of young Innu film makers, (Beverley Rich, Punas Rich, Tshanis Rich, Apatis Penunsi), two scientists from the Labrador Highlands Group who conducted a workshop and training on climate change monitoring (Dr John Jacobs and Andrew Trant) and two provincial government biologists who conducted a training session on the construction and deployment of wolverine hair snagging devices (Isabelle Schmelzer and Gerry Yetman.)

The Natuashish film makers are part of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council funded project into alternative education and training of a corps of local
Environmental "Guardians" directed jointly by the Gorsebrook Institute of St Mary's University and by the Innu Nation.

In addition Tshikapisk conducted its regular annual archaeological research with the involvement of the youth contingent from Natuashish, Tshikapisk Board member and volunteer Sebastien Piwas (Napeu Atikush), Tshikapisk volunteer Anthony Jenkinson and Tshikapisk Advisory Board member Dr Stephen Loring of the Smithsonian Institution's Arctic Studies Center.
 
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Still from film made by Richard Leacock in 1951 at Tshenuamiushipit: Mathieu Nuna and Paul Nuna(Apukushish)
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1951 Innu film to be returned to Sheshatshit this summer
A film made in 1951 by the now celebrated film maker Richard Leacock will be returned to Sheshatshit this summer. The footage featuring Misheish and Manikutunieish and other families from the Kamiuapiskua area was shot at their summer camp at Tshenuamiushipit across the Lake from Sheshatshit, and for a long time believed to have been lost. Richard Leacock stayed at this camp with his wife Eleanor and their young children. Recent communication between Eric Gottesman and Richard Leacock, who now lives near Paris, France, resulted in an edited film version of the footage being obtained by Eric. Its first screening will take place this May in Sheshatshit for members of the families who featured in the film and the Innu public. Please scroll to the bottom of the Gallery section of this website for some stills from the Leacock film.
 
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Penote Michel (Kauitentakust)(right)and Shushep Ashini(left) in Sheshatshit 1969. Photo: Wendy Ewald
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Sheshatshit 1969 Pictures
To see pictures taken by Innu children, in collaboration with American photographer Wendy Ewald, in 1969, click on the link to "1969 Sheshatshiu" on the left.
 
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Twin Otter takes off after delivering canoes donated by Mad River Canoe at Border Beacon/Ashuapun
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Tshikapisk Archaeological Fieldwork, September 2008: Ashuapun to Shaputuau
In September of 2008 Tshikapisk Foundation again conducted research into early Mushuau Innu history this year in the area between Ashuapun (Border Beacon) and Shaputuau (Lac Chapiteau.) A group of four Mushuauinnu young people ( George Gregoire Jr., Shan Shushep Benuen, Penote Pokue Jr., and Punas Rich) were joined at Ashuapun by Dr Stephen Loring from the Arctic Studies Center and Anthony Jenkinson from Sheshatshit. The original plan was to travel to Kauashukutakepenants (Lac aux Goelands) and as far towards Mushuaushipu as time permitted. Persistent very high winds at Shaputuau delayed us for a full week at this large lake meaning that we were obliged to return to Ashuapun from there.

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