Relatives of the Deep: The Ethnoecology of a Lekwungen Archipelago in the Salish Sea

View of calm ocean waters from a smooth outcrop of stone

Thursday, March 4, 2021
4:30 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time)




Check out this video to watch the Relatives of the Deep: The Ethnoecology of a Lekwungen Archipelago in the Salish Sea.

Tl’ches is an island group in the Salish Sea near present-day Victoria. As Songhees Nation reserve land, it is an archetypal Cultural Keystone Place inhabited by Lekwungen-speaking families for generations. This talk highlights ongoing community-based archaeological and historical ecology research regarding this archipelago as an ecosystem shaped by millennia of indigenous resource management and subsistence practices. Important resource sites such as blue camas prairies, tidal marsh root beds, culturally managed trees, and clam beds are currently being investigated, as are substantial historic and archaeological village sites. Tl’ches offers a complex and robust human and environmental record—it is a legacy of millennia of sustainable Indigenous inhabitation and management.

More information about the speaker series is available here.

Darcy Mathews

Dr. Darcy Mathews


Dr. Darcy Mathews is an ethnoecologist and archaeologist, who works in collaboration with First Nations communities to understand the deep history of social and ecological relationships between past peoples and their environments. His research is multi-disciplinary and collaborative, including partnerships with indigenous experts in traditional knowledge, other archaeologists, ecologists, geographers, ethnobotanists, and other specialists. It is through these and other methodological and theoretical approaches that he approaches how people, plants, animals, and places have interacted with one another in myriad ways through time.

Upcoming Talk

March 11, 2021

Speaker: Marco Hatch, Assistant Professor, Huxley College

Title: Using Clam Garden Research to Span the Boundary Between Indigenous Communities and Academic Research

Questions and Accommodations

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