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Oral Histories Confirmed with Archeological Find

Indigenous communities are working to insure that their oral histories are not lost for ever as elders pass away.  They are documenting language, stories, knowledge much of it online or in electronic form.  Business Insider Australia posted an article noting how an archeological find on Triquet Island on British Columbia’s Central Coast only further supports the oral histories of the Heiltsuk Nation.  The Heiltsuk Nation has shared the story of how their ancestors were able to survive the Ice Age by fleeing to a safe coastal area of Canada.  Remarkably these stories remain accurate for thousands of years, the archeological site is believed to be over 13,800 years old (older then the Egyptian Pyramids).

Oral histories have not been as accepted by mainstream society as written history.  In 1997 with the Supreme Court ruling in the Delgamuukw Land Titles case mainstream society was forced to look at the accuracy and legitimacy of Oral History.  At the same time it seems that Indigenous Peoples have to defend Oral History more then the written word.

A site that connected oral history to archeological evidence would be very interesting?  Would it be useful?  To who?

Garfield, L. (2017, September 6). Retrieved from https://www.businessinsider.com.au/ancient-canadian-village-older-than-pyramids-2017-9

Module 4, Post 1 – Story Resources

One of the main themes for all of the different curriculums has been the importance of culture and history, and using stories to teach and help students connect with information and develop their skills. I was interested to see if there were resources for incorporating some of the oral history that has been documented.

This site has videos of different stories, plus teaching resources and information about including First Nations pedagogy into a classroom.

This website discusses oral culture, including drums and music, and also has a companion site for dancing. Along with printed information there are pictures, audio-visual clips, interviews, etc.

This is part of the archives of Canada and includes documents that have recorded some traditional stories. Only the documents are included in the site, no extra information.