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Episode 3 – Wild Archaeology

Sept. 20, 2016

7:30pm (ET) (MT) (PT) (HD)

Sept. 24, 2016

1:00pm (ET) (MT) (PT) (HD)

Little John

Waziya Ikce Wicasta

Episode 3 Synopsis

On the border between Yukon and Alaska, Jen and Jacob get acquainted with camp life at Little John and participate in their first Wild Archaeology dig, while Dr. Rudy offers his scientific XRF prowess. But they are all surprised to witness the unique relationship between lead archaeologist, Norm Easton, and the Dene people of White River Nation, whose ancestors have occupied the region for over 12,000 years.

Owanyaka pi – Iyamni-Iyohpiya Oyaka pi

Yukon, Alaska isakib hed cunkaske makoce he, Jen, Jacob kci hed otipi iwanyakapi. Little John hed makoce owaunspe ic’ic’iyapi. Hed Dr. Rudy XRF owaunspe kin hed iwayankapi kte ye. Hed makoce owaunspe wicasta wan Norm Easton, Dene oyate kin kci okciyapi he wayakapi. Iyokipipi. Oyate kin hena omaka kiktopanuge ake nunmpa hed nipi.

Norman Easton

Professor, Yukon College

Norman is an archaeologist, anthropologist and ethnologist, specializing in the history and cultures of Yukon and Alaska, Beringia and underwater archaeology. He has been working with the Dene of Yukon-Alaska for more than twenty years.

Norman Easton

Wayawawicakiya, Yukon College

Norman is Makoce Owaunspe Wicasta qa Ikce Wicasta unspeiciciye Yukon qa Alaska oyate pi kin iyohpiya hed wanyake. Beringia qa mini tan makoce owanunspe nakun. Omaka wikcemna num Ikce Wicasta pi kin (Dene) Yukon-Alaska hetanhan ob waecun.

I’m really happy to hear that Norm has the community with him doing this; they’ve got his back — they’re his family.

He nina iyomakipi Norm he tiwahe kici waecun kin tanyan awanyanka pi.

Measuring the Past

Waunspe Tani Icagu

Scientific Archaeology depends on data and a“total station” is a great way to collect it. Total stations combine a sophisticated on-board computer, display, traditional theodolite and transit measuring system together with ultra-sensitive laser technology. It allows archaeologists to record points in 3D space to reconstruct the relationship between material in the ground.

Takunkun wowapi akan owapi ito taku maka mahed yanke kin hena takukciyapi kte.

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Hunting the Giants of Beringia

Beringia Heciya Wamanica Tanka Waoke

The Atlatl spear-thrower was used in the Pleistocene to help man kill prey much larger, faster and stronger than himself. Providing leverage when throwing, it transforms a simple spear or javelin into a projectile that can travel up to 150km/hr compared to 80-100km/hr and much farther. Examples of this ancient technology can be found all over the world across cultures.

Icape Okah’u Atlatl wan he Ikce Wicasta pi kin un wamanica tanka kte waste.  Wahinkpa kin he ka’hu iyeya pi kin hehan nina duzahe.  Nakun tanhantu oniya kagdoka tukted kapob hinhpaye.  Maka zita ohominiya ataya wahinkpe kin he Ikce Wicasta pi kin iyohpiya he wo-okahniga pi.

Being able to spend time with the people that have lived on this land for 12,000 years is an awesome thing.

Omaka ake nunpa kiktopa nunge Ikce Wicasta pi kin wicoh’an yuha pi kin he nina waste.

Chindadn Points

Wahinkpe pa

In the Tanacross language, “Chindadn” means ancestor. These tear-drop-shaped projectile points found at the Beaver Creek site are dated from 12,000 to 14,000 years old. Potentially the oldest yet found in Canada, they may also predate those found at the Tanada and Nenana Valley sites in Alaska. Chindadn points occur before the “micro-blade” technology we investigated in our Alpine Archaeology adventures of Episode 1. From Beaver Creek, Wild Archaeology travels east across the rim of the Arctic Ocean, and south to dive under the Great Lakes.

Wahinkpe kin tani hena ahanataya makoce ataya iyeyapi.