Artifacts Found At Moricetown Canyon Soon to be on Display

7/9/2012

Many artifacts were recently found at the Moricetown Canyon.  That said it comes with little surprise to the community as they know that the canyon is rich with Wet'suwet'en history.  In 2004 human remains were found while they were digging to build the interpretive centre this stopped the work immediately and the facility was relocated to across the river, this time around there was plan in case that happened again.  So after more than 8 years of uncovering human remains and having their first project end, the Crossroads Cultural Resource Management archaeologist Rick Badhwa, was back at the Moricetown Canyon.  Keeping intact any artifacts found before the widening of a path for tractor accessibility into the canyon. “Because it was proactive, we planned for this project and as in 2004 it was more reactive, where we didn't know what we were going to encounter and we didn't have policies in place as in what we would do if we did encounter those remains, so this time around everybody is on the same page and we had a plan and we found exactly what we expected to find.”

Students, tourist and government employees visited the site and Many projectile points, and stone scrappers some tools that are not yet identifiable were discovered, Budhwa explains, “Finding things like this it’s very rare and we are really lucky to be able to save some of this stuff from potentially getting impacted."

Needless to say unearthing history is exciting just in general but for the locals that were here unearthing their own history is one of those experiences that they will mark in the books. Robert Pierre, Onsite Employee, says, “It’s really exciting we bring it to the elders and we find that they recognize some other material and that they start telling us stories which is relates to all of this is real exciting.”

One of the workers that helped sift dirt John Michell says, “It's really neat because now days I don't think we can make artifacts, like that tools and stuff that they used to do back in the day.”

Budwha said that the recently released Wet'suwet'en History book came out in perfect time with the dig, “That text book that came out gave us information right about things that we did not know before."

The artifacts will be available for the public eye July 27th during the Return of the Salmon celebrations that is held at the Moricetown Canyon.