Sommet sur le Patrimoine du Manitoba / Manitoba Heritage Summit

Sommet sur le Patrimoine du Manitoba 2022
Manitoba Heritage Summit 2022
Thursday, 13 October 2022







Kevin Brownlee

Kevin is a member of Kinosao Sipi Cree Nation (Norway House) and has been the Curator of Archaeology at the Manitoba Museum since 2003. His interest in archaeology grew out of a desire to understand more about himself and where he came from. Kevin was adopted at birth and raised in a non-Indigenous home in Winnipeg. At the age of seven he was exposed to First Nation material culture by an uncle, including hide and stone working. In reflecting back on these formative years, it was archaeology that provided a tangible connection to his First Nation heritage.

In 1993, he worked as an archaeology summer student with the Government of Manitoba. This job took him into many First Nation communities. Many of the people he met saw the benefit of archaeology as an important tool to empower youth. Archaeology can provide youth with a sense of belonging and identify that is grounded in Indigenous history.

Kevin has been working in archaeology for over 27 years and feels Indigenous people need to take a prominent role in the field. He believes it is important that archaeology is included as Indigenous people define our Nationhood. Indigenous people have an unbroken connection to the past. Our history is often divided into various fields of study including History, Anthropology and Archaeology. By dividing our past, it only weakens what it means to be Indigenous.

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