You can’t dig up what’s no longer there: Archeology and a melting permafrost

Written by Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs | APTN News
Artifacts shown to climate change youth delegates found in western arctic. Photo courtesy of Ecology North Artifacts shown to climate change youth delegates found in western arctic. Photo courtesy of Ecology North APTN

Myha Martin cautiously examines a small harpoon used thousands of years ago on belugas hunts.

“I’ve seen some artifacts when I use to live in Edmonton. At the zoo they would have stuff that was embedded in the rocks you could touch, but I never actually got to hold it and was never told what it was,” Martin said.

It’s the first time the 18-year-old has come in contact with a collection of ancient Indigenous tools used in her traditional homelands.

Keen to learn and make up for lost time, Martin didn’t grow up with a how to guide or history lesson on her Inuvialuit and Gwich’in Dene roots.

Now she’s fearful she may never get the chance to as she and youth across the north inherit the tragic climate change.