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Michelle Davies

Academics

  • B.A. (Honours) Anthropology, University of Toronto 2009.
  • M.A. Archaeology, Memorial University, in progress

Research Interests

Arctic; gender; identity

Current Research

18th century Labrador was a period of remarkable change and saw the substitution of smaller one- or two-roomed winter houses with large, rectangular communal houses which were capable of accommodating several families. It is probable that the cause of this change in household architecture is multifaceted and as a result the gender arrangements among 18th century Inuit may have undergone a similar shift. By carefully reviewing Inuit ethnographic analogies, the accounts of the 18th century Moravian Missionaries and archaeological remains from 3 strategic sites across Labrador, I aim to identify the activities and agency of Inuit women during this dynamic period. The application of gender and identity theory will be integral to the interpretation of gendered artifacts, help to avoid imposing a set of modern assumptions of gender roles on the behaviour and practices of past cultures and will add to our understanding of the social changes in communal houses

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