There are 5 Members-at-Large that sit on the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society Board.
I have been an active member of the SAS for 23 years. Previous experience at the SAS includes 10 years on the Board of Directors ending in 2006. Other previous board terms within the heritage community include Heritage Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society, and the Saskatchewan Geographic Names Board. I currently serve on the Board of Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan, the Melfort & District Museum and the Saskatchewan War Memorial Committee.
I currently live on a rural acreage north of Melfort and am very familiar with northern Saskatchewan having previously lived in La Ronge for 35 years. I continue to fly my Cessna 180 on numerous heritage related research projects.
Aaniin, boozhoo, tânisi, hello. My name is Gabriel Essaunce Lamarche, aabitaa-Anishinaabe-nini indaw, nigig indoodem. Gete-izhichigewin-giikinomaagewinini indaw. I grew up around Georgian Bay, on Lake Huron, and have lived in Saskatchewan for about 10 years. I’ve recently begun work on my master’s degree in Archaeology at the University of Saskatchewan.
I had my first experience with archaeology when I was about 12, on Beausoleil Island, the one-time home of my Anishinaabek ancestors. Witnessing a respectful exchange of knowledge between a professional archaeologist and an elder from our community, I realized then that the traces of the ancestors are all around us, and can be most deeply understood by balanced cooperation between culturally-trained elders and scientifically trained archaeologists. Further, seeing the careful and respectful way which those archaeologists excavated, studied, and openly shared their understandings of the remnants of the historic cabin, and the underlying chipping station, sparked something in me that I had to continue to pursue.
I have since taught myself about what was happening at that chipping station, and am now a well-practiced flintknapper, always eager to share my passion and interest in the ancient crafting traditions.
It is important to me that archaeology is not simply an indulgence in curiosity, but a grounding process, one that roots us to landscapes, places, connects us to predecessors and common ancestors, deepening old relationships with our relatives near and far, and sharing an appreciation of our common humanity with those who are not yet kin but will also be counted among the ancestors of our descendants.
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I am a consulting archaeologist working for SaskPower out of Regina. I have 15 years of archaeological experience working extensively in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba. I’ve worked with public non-profit organizations, university field schools, provincial government agencies, and various petroleum, mining, and forestry companies and have experience in all of the geographic regions (especially the plains, parkland, and boreal forest) of Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba. My areas of expertise are archaeological consultation for industry and zooarchaeology with a specific focus on Canadian historic and pre-contact faunal analysis. My MA thesis was a Scanning Electron Microscope study of cut marks on bison remains from Fish Creek park in Calgary.
I was born in Elk Point, Alberta but never actually lived there. My father was working in Fishing Lake at the time, teaching, and we moved to Hobbema shortly after I was born. That marks the beginning of a series of moves from Calgary to Brocket in the deep south, to Fort Vermilion in the far north and other places in between, finally ending up in Calgary again, where I finished high school. I completed my undergrad and graduate degrees in archaeology at the University of Calgary after getting Treaty status with Bill C-31. I thought I would work in Alberta in consulting archaeology but the grass was greener in Saskatchewan. After 35 years in Calgary I moved to Regina in 2005 on a contract with the Heritage Branch and from there, eventually ended up at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum as the Curator of the Aboriginal Studies program in 2008. It is a challenging position but has also been a wonderful learning experience. The Saskatchewan archaeological community has been active for decades and is very embracing of all who wish to be a part of it. People can join one of the various SAS Chapters found throughout the province and participate as a Board Member if they wish to be more involved.
We lived in High Prairie when I was 12 and one summer day I was waiting for my friend to come out and float our rafts in the creek across from his house. I sat on the top edge of the creek embankment and dug my fingers into the dark soil. I was a few feet away from their homestead log cabin and there were treasures to be found where the household trash had been dumped. Imagine my surprise when a bright gold coin turned up in a fistful of dirt!! I ran to my friend’s house to show my find. His mother answered the door and she burst into tears when she saw the coin. It was the last coin of her parent’s nest egg that had been stolen years before. I handed it over to her when I saw the depth of her emotion.
Life went on and when I was twenty and visiting my uncle in Stockholm, I read a book about archaeology in Egypt and remembered that moment of discovery with that gold coin glinting in the sunlight in the palm of my hand. Who knew that you could actually get a job digging in the ground for long lost treasures? I decided that this was what I wanted to do, and never looked back. My focus was on Indigenous archaeology in North America. I am also interested in world archaeology as my father came from Europe (Germany). I discovered that I have a gift for carving soapstone. I have carved at least 260 stylized bison and numerous other animals and oddities. I have not carved for about four years now but may return to it when I retire.