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    used to shape wood shell stone and bone When someone asks What s the matrix it s not a metaphysical conundrum to be solved by Keanu Reeves Rather it s time to gauge the next layer of sediment sand clay gravel humus or silt There s even a handbook called the Munsell Code to identify hues of dirt like paint store colour swatches only in earth tones Paper faunal bags are labelled and filled like take out containers with mammal bird and fish bones In my screen my fingers trace two hard fragments Is this bone or rock I ask This is rock says St Claire tossing it aside but this is bone He washes and then inspects the toothpick like sliver If you look closely you can see the grooves It s an artifact My find gets bagged numbered and labelled My head swells I m a natural it seems blazing a path toward a scientific breakthrough My worked bone frag a k a artifact 204 will turn out however to be my one and only discovery of note Every archaeologist longs to extract a museum worthy piece of the past such as the bone comb carved with a wolf s features uncovered in 2008 or the humpback skull found in 2000 with a mussel shell harpoon head impaled in it These remarkable finds underscored the importance of the wolf ritual to Nuu chah nulth cosmology and the chiefly right of whale hunting But it s the slow accumulation of otherwise unremarkable data glorified garbage picking really that lets scientists recompose the story of how First Nations sustained their communities from the rich waters of Barldey Sound By analyzing fish remains for instance researchers have learned that salmon only became king on this stretch of the coast between 700 and 1 000 years ago You can see eras when rockfish were dominant or herring dominant says Denis St Claire Why is that Is it climatic change Is it technological change Maybe it s over fishing The only way to answer these questions keep digging St Claire and McMillan have done plenty of spadework over the years Since 1973 they have excavated 11 sites Thanks to their efforts only a handful of locations on B C s outer coast such as Nootka Sound where Captain Cook first landed and Haida Gwaii have been subjected to such intensive archaeological study Their collaborations have included explorations of sites inhabited by the Toquaht in western Barkley Sound an abandoned village of the Huu ay aht Nation near Barnfield Benson Island and the current project begun in 20 08 which is backed by Parks Canada and the Tseshaht people St Claire grew up in Port Alberni andtaught history French and First Nations studies in Victoria high schools devoting his spare time to directing digs on Vancouver Island He has the can do spirit and logistical know how of a field marshal drawing up plans drumming up funds hammering out partnerships and inspiring his largely volunteer troops Even the smallest army marches on its belly so his crews eat well thanks to Wanda Robinson a Tseshaht cook who whips up to die for butter tarts at the base camp on Nettle Island McMillan plays yin to St Claire s yang A bespectacled academic from Saskatchewan with a wry sense of humour he wrote Since the Time of the Transformers an essential history of the First Peoples of Vancouver Island s west coast He brings to each project the analytical rigour of his PhD and access to the lab gadgetry back at SFU We like each other says St Claire of the partnership He has a first class mind I m a good organizer and have the close relationship with the First Nations As an adult St Claire was adopted by Adam Shewish a hereditary chief of the Tseshaht and can recite from the field journals of Edward Sapir the famed American linguist who documented the Nuu chah nulth in the early 20th century If you don t know the ethnography St Claire explains it s hard to ask the right questions or make the right selection of sites or set the right research problems Such oral history identified Benson Island as the origin village of the Tseshaht From a single pit there in 2000 the archaeologists removed 40 000 animal bones and identified 50 species of shellfish 32 of birds 24 of fish and a dozen types of sea mammals As St Claire walks me through Ukwatis the site excavated the previous summer he describes how this bounty from the sea nurtured a complex hierarchical civilization like the European monarchies of old and inspired the culinary motto The tide is out the table is set Where I only see a quiet clearing amid a grove of spruce St Claire imagines one village amongst many in the vibrant and interconnected society that inhabited the island principalities of Barkley Sound One of the most heavily populated areas north of the classic civilizations of what s now Mexico would have been in this area he says St Claire and McMillan have invested most of their careers and many of their summers to the study of Barkley Sound Now they hope to pass their trowels to the next generation In the 2008 season their two month dig included a field team of students from the University of Victoria as well as Tseshaht from Port Alberni The year I visit they are mentoring individual grad students in everything from artifact identification to boating safety to the puzzles yet to be cracked Why do defensive fortress sites for instance suddenly pop up on certain islands Why are stone projectile points absent from most sites the Nuu chahnulth are legendary woodworkers who crafted a Home Depot of tools out of the rainforest and yet chipped lithics mysteriously appeared in one pit We ve done a lot and yet we ve barely scratched the surface says St Claire There s still so much

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    the tour not be operable as per our terms and conditions Please note that medical insurance is mandatory for all Worldwide Quest travellers Travel insurance will protect your investment in your trip and provide medical help if you need it Worldwide Quest offers several forms of travel insurance coverage through Manulife World Travel Insurance When you book a trip with us we will send you our Insurance Application Form and quotes for recommended coverage You can also get a quote and purchase your selected insurance online Travel insurance from Manulife Get a quote now Please remember it is mandatory that you have medical coverage including emergency evacuation coverage on all our tours and Private Journeys This will enable us to take good care of you while you travel with us We also strongly recommend that you purchase cancellation and interruption insurance For more details on the insurance coverage we offer and to determine the most suitable coverage please view the guide or give us a call Canadian Residents USA Residents Questions Ready to book Call 1 800 387 1483 or email us Visit us at 491 King Street East Toronto Ontario Canada M5A 1L9 View Map TICO Reg 2667946 Sign

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    reasons such as but not limited to increased fuel costs airfares airport charges or increases in ground operator fees Any increase in tour price must be paid prior to the departure date Please note If the tour cost increases by more than 7 you have the option of paying the full price increase or receiving a full refund Mandatory gratuities and taxes are not included in the tour cost and are assessed separately The minimum and maximum number of participants for each tour is indicated on the detailed itinerary Should the minimum number of participants not be reached we will offer to operate the tour with a cost supplement Liability Release and Responsibility Prior to participating in a tour you will be required to complete a brief confidential personal information form Completion of the personal information and or the payment of a deposit is taken as acknowledgement of and agreement to these terms and conditions All services are organized by Worldwide Quest acting as agent for the owners contractors and suppliers providing ground transportation hotel accommodations and all other related travel services Notice is hereby given that all arrangements on behalf of participants are made by Worldwide Quest on the sole condition that Worldwide Quest shall not be held responsible for any injury death accident delay loss damage or irregularity which may be occasioned through acts of any company and or persons engaged in carrying out arrangements and services described herein or otherwise in connection herewith The information contained in current brochures and websites is correct to the best of our knowledge but Worldwide Quest accepts no liability for any inaccuracies Worldwide Quest reserves the right to alter any itinerary or service at any time without penalty to it Any additional expense or cancellation cost shall be borne by the participant Worldwide Quest reserves the right to withdraw or refuse any service to any participant at its discretion Delay Cancellation or Change of Itinerary Since schedules are determined may months in advance changes in dates accommodations leaders or routes may become necessary prior to or during the tour In this event participants will have no right to a refund of the tour price In the event the advertised tour leader becomes unable to lead the tour for any reason a qualified substitute will be named by Worldwide Quest The cost of the tour does not include any additional meals and accommodations due to delays emergency evacuation costs or transportation to and from your home to the departure point Worldwide Quest reserves the right to cancel any tour prior to departure for any reason in which case participants will be given a full refund You will not be entitled to make any further claim for any injury loss expenses or damage either direct or consequential or for any loss of time or inconvenience that may result from cancellation including but not limited to airline tickets visa passport and vaccination charges or departure airport or airline taxes Notwithstanding the foregoing no refund

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    or email us Visit us at 491 King Street East Toronto Ontario Canada M5A 1L9 View Map TICO Reg 2667946 Sign Up for our Newsletter Great travel articles and specials all sent directly to your inbox Sign up today Order Your Catalogues Here All our greatest adventures in one place Request our catalogue Worldwide Quest operates custom designed tours in natural history culture and the arts on all seven continents

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  • Worldwide Quest - Blog
    my experience of restaurants in Edmonton which typically serve Northern Indian food You ll find lots of breads and curries in the North Much of what you eat in the restaurants in the West such as naan bread rotis samosas curries such as Palak Paneer spinach and cheese and Aloo Ghobi potato and cauliflower and the like is North Indian I love South Indian food and quickly learned that it is very different from North Indian food Generally speaking South Indian cooking is based around rice lentils and stews Dishes such as dosa a lentil and rice crêpe idli steamed lentil rice cakes saaru rasam tomato tamarind and lentil soup and huli sambar spicy lentil and vegetable stew are all from the South Coconut and coconut milk are used extensively in the south as well A favourite paratha bread which this street vendor above is making So yummy I love the many opportunities we had to cook in southern India We learned how much we really do like Southern Indian food I also learned each region s food is very different and that you cannot make blanket statements of India We loved visiting the jungles and learning more about the spices that grow there The spices form the foundation for cuisine throughout the country We had no idea that the plant Lori and Diane are standing under above is a cardamon plant Is there garbage in India Yes there is as in most developing countries Is there poverty in India Yes as there is in most developing countries However this picture was taken in Kerala where the literacy rate is 98 You need to know that India is not one great big slum What I see in this photo is the contrast but also the beauty of the 600 year old Chinese way of fishing with the traditional nets that are still being used today I am reminded that while we can t help everyone everyone can help someone This is a way of being that will always make a difference We have for the past three years chosen to sponsored a girl s education in Northern India It is our small way of making a difference We loved having the opportunities to observe the rhythm of life in India including their traditional forms of art as shown in the Kathakali dance of Kerala Kathakali is a stylized classical Indian dance drama noted for the attractive make up of characters elaborate costumes detailed gestures and well defined body movements presented in tune with the anchor playback music and complementary percussion It is the people of southern India that will always remain with us This was not an uncommon site of having the staff come out to our bus and wave goodbye as we made our way to our next destination whether it be leaving our hotel restaurant or the private Indian homes we were in Unbelievably kind gracious people of India This photo was taken by Liz and captures the

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