SEARCH: Sinixt Extinction: Archaeology, Revitalization, Cultural Heritage

Team members Erica Kowsz, Janet Simons, and Nathan Goodale
3D model of a pithouse, a regional structure
Realtime 3D rendering of a local region

SEARCH is planned to be a multidisciplinary and multi-institutional archaeology, cultural heritage, and linguistics project with the focus of documenting an indigenous First Nations People who are unrecognized by the Canadian Government. The project has the goal of documenting and preserving the cultural heritage of the Sinixt First Nation who despite their continued presence in the Pacific Northwest were pronounced extinct in 1956 by the Canadian Government. Documentation and preservation will be conducted through multimedia technology including film and audio recording of interviews and digitizing historical and ethnographic records. Because the scope of the project spans from the archaeological past to contemporary issues facing the Sinixt Nation today, specialists in fields including, but not limited to, archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistics, documentary film making and visual anthropology will be incorporated into SEARCH.

PROJECT PARTICIPANTS

Alissa Nauman
Instructor of Anthropology, Hamilton College

Leora Bar-el
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Montana

Janet Thomas Simons 
Associate Director, Instructional Technology
Co-Director, Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College

David Bailey
Associate Professor of Geoscience, Hamilton College

Lori Barkley
Instructor of Anthropology
Peace Studies in School of University Arts and Sciences, Selkirk College

Erica Kowsz ('11)
Senior Archaeology Major, Hamilton College

Susannah Wales ('13)
Sophomore Archaeology Major, Hamilton College

Catherine Prescott ('12)
Junior Archaeology Concentrator, Hamilton College

Max Lopez ('14)
Sophomore Archaeology Major, Hamilton College

Project Directors

Student Assistants

Collection Development Team