Sarah Woodman (formerly Huq) is the Cultural Places Officer at Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. She was a consulting archaeologist for over 10 years and this is how she and I met.
In this episode we talk about:
- Sarah’s background, how she got into archaeology, and why curiosity was pivotal in her journey
- the value of archaeology
- the hierarchy of education in archaeology and the consulting sciences
- what consulting archaeology in Canada is actually like
- combining socio-cultural aspects of anthropology with archaeology in North America to help when working with First Nations communities, and why you can’t separate anthropology from archaeology
- how archaeology in school differs from consulting archaeology
- developing communication skills to communicate with the diverse people you encounter or work with in archaeology
- how language can help understand heritage
- the importance of humanity in archaeology
Note: Sarah noted after we recorded the episode that Leslie McCartney’s MA on the Mad Trapper is not in Fort Good Hope, but Fort McPherson/Teetł’it Zheh (still in Gwich’in territory).
Find out more about consulting archaeology in my novel Memoirs of a Reluctant Archaeologist, available in print and ebook.
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