Kevin Brownlee is the Curator of Archaeology at Canada’s renowned Manitoba Museum. Through experimental archaeology and the emerging field of indigenous archaeology, Kevin has been able to shed new light on artefacts found in Manitoba. In particular, he focuses on the archaeology of Manitoba’s boreal forest and sub-arctic.
Kevin is of Cree heritage and is a member of Kinosao Sipi Cree Nation also known as the Norway House Cree Nation. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Manitoba. He has been Curator of Archaeology at the Manitoba Museum since 2003. Kevin has spent his career working with Indigenous communities raising awareness of ancient heritage and archaeology. Prior to working at the museum, he served as an Aboriginal Liaison Officer for the government of Manitoba.
The Manitoba Museum, which was originally called the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature, is the largest heritage centre in Manitoba and one of the largest in the World. From the perspective of my love of bushcraft skills, I’ve always been drawn to the museum since I first knew of its existence, enticed by what I could learn from its exposition of the natural habitats of Manitoba, in particular the boreal forest, including how humans have existed and lived there for thousands of years. The museum focuses on combined human and natural heritage subject matter in a very integrated way.
I have visited the Manitoba Museum a number of times on previous stays in Winnipeg. Indeed I made a short video blog of one of my visits in 2015. Through my visits and viewing online materials related to the museum, I had been aware of Kevin Brownlee’s work for a number of years. So, it made sense to me to reach out to Kevin to have a conversation about his work and the insights this provides.
So it was that I met Kevin at the museum and we headed to the Archaeology Lab upstairs to record a podcast. Our conversation forms Episode 33 of the Paul Kirtley Podcast…
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