SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT 2013/2014
The recipient of the 2013 Pioneers Scholarship honouring Dr. Ralph Pastore is Jeralyn Bohms. Jeralyn is an MA candidate in the Department of Archaeology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is from Greenville, Michigan, USA, earned a BA in World History with a minor in archaeology from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2004 and an MA in Anthropology with a graduate certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2006. She spent four years as the director of a small history museum, Eaton County's Museum at Courthouse Square in Charlotte, Michigan from 2006 to 2010. She is married to her husband Mike, and they enjoy travel and outdoor adventures locally and abroad.
Jeralyn's research, under the supervision of Dr. Lisa Rankin, is regarding the early historic Inuit of southern Labrador. For her master's thesis, she will be excavating an 18th-century Inuit communal winter house at the Double Mer Point site in the Narrows of Hamilton Inlet, near the town of Rigolet, Labrador. Although one of the sites has been used to develop a timeline of Inuit occupation of Hamilton Inlet, only minimal excavations have been carried out at Double Mer Point. Other recent work at the nearby sites of Eskimo Island and Snook's Cove indicates that the timeline needs to be reevaluated. Therefore, detailed investigations of the site will help to clarify the understanding of the region.
In addition, Jeralyn will explore the relationship between the Inuit of Double Mer Point and the growing European population of traders and fishers in the area, including how this relationship may have impacted the development of the communal winter house form. She will compare Double Mer Point to other Inuit settlements in Labrador to see if the communal winter house is used in a manner similar to houses in northern Labrador, with their long-term occupation, or if it is more like an apparent southern Labrador variation, where communal houses may have only been occupied for a short time. In this way, Double Mer Point will provide some much-needed context for understanding the development of the communal winter house, particularly in southern Labrador.
An important aspect of this project is the involvement of the Inuit community of Rigolet. The town of Rigolet has requested that the archaeological excavation of the site be carried out. Community members would like to know more about how and why their ancestors chose to live in this area, and would like to incorporate a reconstruction of the site into their growing tourism industry by extending a well-known boardwalk trail to the site. Members of the community will be involved in both field and lab work related to the excavation. Dr. Rankin and her students will continue research at the Double Mer Point site for the next several years.
This $1600 scholarship is made possible by the generous contributions of Ralph’s brother John, and sisters Kathleen Miller and Mary Ann McClain, as well as Tom Campbell and Mary Mogford of Newcastle, Ontario, Ingeborg Marshall, AARA and Adventure Canada.
Above: Winner Jeralyn Bohms (c) with AARA President L Hartery and AC Vice President Cedar Bradley Swan (Brad Gover, 2014)
Top Left: Community of Rigolet (Lindsay Swinarton 2013)
Top Right: Double Mer Point Site Outside Rigolet (Lisa Rankin 2013)
Background: Historic Map of Hamilton Inlet (Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives)