Indigeneity, memory and representation of the Beothuk in Newfoundland

  • Harries, John (Principal Investigator)
  • Owen, Suzanne (Principal Investigator)

Project Details


The Beothuk were a native North American group now culturally extinct due to the impact of colonisation. However, they continue to be remembered and made present through art, literature and museum displays, often at the expense of the Mi’kmaq and other First Nations in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Although the last known Beothuk died nearly two hundred years ago, they continue to fascinate Newfoundland artists and writers. This research project will explore some of these contemporary cultural productions, as well as the material culture of the Beothuk in museums and other holdings, set within debates over claims to indigeneity in Newfoundland. We will organise a workshop in June to be held at Queens College in St John’s, Newfoundland, to present research ideas and plan a larger interdisciplinary research project and conference on indigeneity, memory and representation of the Beothuk. The two applicants will also undertake research in St. John's related to the Beothuk.
Effective start/end date1/06/1330/06/14


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