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August 19: “Indigenous presence in southern Quebec from the Paleo-Indian period to European contact,” with Paul-Conrad Carignan

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--July 21, 2020.

projectile_points_collection_cropped.jpgWednesday, August 19, 2020, 1:30-2:30 p.m. (EST)
QAHN presents “Indigenous presence in southern Quebec, from the Paleo-Indian period to European contact,” with Paul-Conrad Carignan.

Archaeology confirms that human beings were present in what is now southern Quebec at the end of the last Ice Age, 11,000 years ago. The exact origins of these ancient people known as Paleo-Indians has not been firmly established, and current scholarship differs as to which route or routes they likely travelled.

This presentation will examine four theories, all of which contradict more traditional Indigenous cultural beliefs about their peopling of their world before European contact. These include: migration from Asia across the Beringia land bridge; journey by boat across the Pacific Ocean; overland migration from the south, following the retreat of the glaciers; and even a theory of pre-historic migration from Europe across the Atlantic Ocean. Paul-Conrad Carignan discusses what artifacts and changes in tool technology can tell us about the life-ways and of Quebec’s first inhabitants, from the Archaic through the Woodland periods.

Please register in advance for this Zoom event online or watch it live on the QAHN Facebook page!