Arctic Domus team members receive NERC funding for fish wheel project
Arctic Domus team members Robert Wishart and Peter Loovers recently received funding from the Natural Environment Research Council for a project to work in collaboration with the Firelight Group on a community fish wheel project with the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in.
Making a Traditional Salmon Fish Wheel: Documenting Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Fisheries Practices in Northern Canada
This multi-disciplinary project is working to build ties between Arctic Domus, a field project being carried out by partners at the University of Alberta, and the Firelight Group--a research consultancy supporting Indigenous interests. The project is documenting an architecture of human-animal relations in the form of a Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in fish wheel, recording the importance of this technology while assisting in the construction of a fish wheel in order to preserve this important, local Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in knowledge for future generations while also making the work available to other indigenous communities who have discontinued this practice in recent years. The project is also supporting ethnohistorical research on fish wheels and seeking to strengthen ties between the partners for future research development.
(Photo credit: The Firelight Group, posted online 24 May 2018)