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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Oral History Field School - British Columbia - Summer 2011

Oral History Field School
Gain ethnographic experience in Beautiful British Columbia!
Une école de terrain qui sera inoubliable!

The UNBC First Nations and Anthropology Departments and the Lake
Babine First Nation are proud to offer an Oral History field school in
summer 2011 (subject to sufficient enrolment).

This 9-credit field school will be conducted in the beautiful
traditional territory of the Lake Babine Nation. The Lake Babine
people have generously offered UNBC the opportunity to work closely
with their Elders and knowledge holders to help document aspects of
their Oral History.

This unique course will be offered in two classes. The first class
(FNST 400-3/650-3) will be a one-week intensive course focusing on the
methods, documentation and collection of oral histories from the
perspectives of First Nations Studies and Anthropology. The second
course (ANTH 421-6/621-6) will be a three-week field course in the
traditional territory of the Lake Babine First Nation.

Set in the stunning interior forests that are nestled between the
Omineca and Skeena Mountain Ranges, Lake Babine is British Columbia?s
longest interior freshwater lake, the territory is the final
destination for millions of salmon that migrate from the ocean to
spawn in the interior of the province.

In an ecologically diverse environment the Lake Babine Nation have
lived for thousands of years establishing a rich culture. The Lake
Babine Nation speaks a Na-Dene language, Babine-Witsuwit'en, and
features a rich oral and cultural tradition. Though located on the
interior of British Columbia, the large salmon runs to the interior
tied Lake Babine Nation to the coastal peoples and to those farther in
the interior. Lake Babine Nation is third largest Aboriginal Band in
British Columbia. Lake Babine Administration Office is situated 142
miles West of Prince George, with a total registered membership of
over 2,310 [based on 2008 population]. Lake Babine Nation has 27
reserve lands and three (3) communities, which are inhabited year
round, and two that are inhabited year round from time to time. Lake
Babine Nation features a Band Council governing structure, but with
strong traditional governing structures, the Potlatch and a system of
Hereditary Chiefs, continuing to play an important role in the Lake
Babine Nation. For more information on the Lake Babine Nation:

For more information, please contact Karyn Sharp ( or
250-960-5118) or Michel Bouchard ( or 250-961-3245).

Deadline for applying: May 6, 2011). Application forms can be
downloaded online:

Nous invitons la participation d?étudiants et étudiantes francophones.
Pour plus de renseignements, veuillez écrire ( ou
téléphoner (250-961-3245) le professeur Michel Bouchard.

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