(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2010)

Document title

Oakes Bay 1 : a preliminary reconstruction of a Labrador Inuit seal hunting economy in the context of climate change

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) Dep. Histoire, Univ., Laval, CANADA


This paper presents results of recent archaeological research at the site of Oakes Bay 1 (HeCg-08), on Dog Island, Labrador, dated from the late 17th to late 18th century. Analyses of faunal remains provide a means of reconstructing the site’s subsistence economy. The site’s inhabitants practiced a very consistent mode of hunting throughout this time period, depending heavily on adult ringed seals taken on the fast ice in winter and spring. Juvenile ringed seals, taken at the ice edge in the spring were a secondary resource. The consistent pattern of hunting through time suggests that the impacts of climatic variability on Inuit subsistence in the Nain region were relatively limited, moderated by their capacity for mobility on the sea ice rather than by wholescale changes in hunting practices and species choice


Article of periodic

published at : Geografisk tidsskrift / ISSN 1903-2471

Editor : Det Kongelige Danske Geografiske Selskab, Kobenhavn - DANEMARK (2009)

Millesime : 2010, vol. 110, no2 [pp. 245-259]

Bibliographic references : 52 ref.

Collation : 6 fig., 3 tabl.




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