|When I was out looking for spruce roots last week, I was distracted by all the Pitcher Plants in their fall colours.|
Photo Credits: Tim Rast
|The quiver should have a very slight taper from the opening|
to the base.
|I used a plastic map tube as a form to wrap the birch bark around. You can see it peeking out under the clothes pins. You can also see the zig-zag edge running down the length of the tube. These seem will be sewn together with spruce roots.|
|A single long spruce root|
|You can see the muddy path|
where the root came out of
the ground and dozens of
smaller criss-crossing roots
|It only took 10 or 15 minutes to collect this bundle of roots. Once the bark is stripped and split there should be 100 feet or so of good lashing material.|
|Strip off the outer layer|
|Don't let the split run away from you,|
keep pressure on both sides to keep
the split travelling down the middle
of the root.
|Different diameter roots|
give different sized
|Dorset Palaeoeskimo Endblades from|
The Anstey Site, Twillingate
The highlight of the exhibit is a display of artifact recreations. These replica tools are all based off of artifacts found at the site. They were built using only the materials that would have been available to the Innu 3,000 years ago.
People visiting the exhibits can pick up the replica tools and imagine how they were utilized.
|Scott Neilsen holding a reconstruction of a quartzite biface as an adze or gouge, with other reproductions in their cases behind him.|
|I don't often get a chance to knap during the summer, but|
towards the end of the season this year, a geologist friend
brought me some Missouri chert that I couldn't resist trying.
|The land on north Baffin Island is shaped by permafrost and there is very little soil and vegetation cover to hide the effects of the freeze-thaw cycle in the ground above the permanently frozen earth. The landscape has been shaped by glaciers and meltwater run-off and then by several thousand years of annual freezing and melting cycles. Patterned ground is common and can happen on a lot of different scales. Some of the polygons are so large that they are only noticeable from the air, while others are more obvious on the ground. This patch of sorted polygonal soil measures a couple of metres across. The sandy soil and naturally fractured plates of dolomite exaggerate the effect here.|
|I love almost everything about the arctic, except the foxes. This is the first Arctic Fox that I ever met, when I worked on Little Cornwallis Island, back in 1994 and he was a jerk. He would visit our camp regularly and lick the spot we poured our dishwater and chew through things like my knee pads or the leather strap on the shotgun.|
|But the absolute worst was when he would follow us to the outhouse (shown above) and try to crawl into the hole under the seat while you were sitting on it. You had to take a handful of gravel to keep him at a distance until you were finished. Some things should be done in peace, but Arctic foxes have no respect for that. Because they are assholes.|
|These scruffy little brats are still following me around. This is one that visited us at a recent site. (I don't know whether he's pissing or crapping on that rock. Probably both.) As often as not, when we return to a site in the morning there are signs of a fox being there while we were away. So far, we've come back to fox pee on the backdirt pile and the stadia rod (that we know of). The thing about Arctic Foxes it that they find what it most dear to you and then they destroy it. If they can't destroy it, then they crap or piss on it. They've eaten pin flags and then spit them out so we would find the evidence. Last night one chewed through the strings gridding out units and torn the flagging tape off of marking pins. Not everyone's string or flags - just the ones closest to where I was digging. We've come back to find their crap in our units, on the tarp covering our gear, and on the tote box where I was sitting the day before. They find where I've been on site and then desecrate it. I hate them.|