Reg Porter first speaker tonight

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The In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tec­tural Stud­ies & Con­ser­va­tion is host­ing its an­nual lecture se­ries, Mon­days, be­gin­ning tonight and run­ning to Feb. 1, at Bea­cons­field’s Car­riage House in Char­lot­te­town.

Get­ting un­der­way at 7 p.m., the first pre­sen­ta­tion is Mil­len­nia of Mi’kmaq Pres­ence on the Is­land: A Med­i­ta­tion, an il­lus­trated talk by Reg Porter.

There is arche­o­log­i­cal ev­i­dence an­ces­tors of the First Na­tions have lived on what has be­come Prince Ed­ward Is­land for over 10,000 years. Stone tool and weapon tech­nol­ogy in­di­cates that per­haps three ma­jor groups oc­cu­pied part of the Is­land dur­ing that long pe­riod, the Mi’kmaq be­ing the last to emerge.

In this talk, Porter will ex­am­ine the tech­nol­ogy of the first tan­gi­ble ev­i­dence of early abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture — stone tools and weapons — as prac­ti­cal ob­jects and as art. He will dis­cuss con­tact with the first Euro­peans and will spec­u­late on what changes this brought about in mil­len­niaold cul­tures. Early art pro­duced by Euro­peans of abo­rig­i­nal sub­jects will also be looked at as well as the ap­pear­ance of the first Mi’kmaq in the new art of pho­tog­ra­phy. The talk will con­clude with a dis­cus­sion of how the Mi’kmaq are viewed to­day in the light of their in­tense ef­forts at self-de­ter­mi­na­tion and as the only cit­i­zens of this Is­land who wit­nessed the ge­o­log­i­cal for­ma­tion of what would be Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

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