This call for research collaboration is written by PipersHoleMan. He has written extensively, here and elsewhere, on Swift Current and Piper’s Hole River Mi’kmaw history and DNA. You can follow that earlier discussion in the comments on Fortune Bay NL. This is his comment from Feb. 10, 2018, which I thought should have greater prominence.
As researchers and/or lay readers should know by now, my primary interest in the history and ethnography of the Piper’s Hole River Mi’kmaq-Montagnais has been and continues to be the reclamation and protection of Indian Cove (aka Brown’s Island) (Nukamkia’ji’jk). The reconstructed family history-genealogy, comparative genetic genealogy and ancient DNA studies are nothing more than an ethnopolitical means to an end to legitimize the reclamation process.
Research Call for Piper’s Hole River
In light of that long-term research project goal, I am hereby forwarding into the public domain an expression of interest to call on other interested researchers and research consultants to initiate and undertake within the coming 3-5 years a large-scale, interdisciplinary research paper or manuscript that will culminate in the eventual publication of such an ethnohistory-ethnography in a scholarly quarterly research journal such as Ethnohistory or as a book launch. Such a inter-and multidisciplinary collaborative research team effort would take approximately 3-5 years to complete from initial drafting to final editing and submission for publication screening, and would require shared input from a cohort or cadre of interested and knowledgeable researchers from many diverse academic fields, such as:
- anthropological linguistics (historical-comparative linguistics-onomastics),
- archaeo-genetics (bioarchaeology or archaeological genetics),
- free lance writing-independent research,
- medical genetics,
- molecular genetics and,
- community-family history (such as Swift Current community members and Barrington direct patrilineal-matrlineal descendants).
I am willing to act as a third party volunteer research consultant-informant or mediator-facilitator. Therefore, I would provide any input or consultation where my research skills and knowledge may be deemed beneficial and productive to the fulfillment of the long-term research goal.
If I were to initiate such a long-term study, I would set it up legally to have all of the profits and proceeds from the sale of such said book to be forwarded to a secured trust fund.
Land Reclamation and Eco-tourism
That would fund and subsidize the reclamation-repatriation of Indian Cove, in lieu of NL Provincial Government, and Miawpuk(w)ek Mi’kmawey Mawio’mi and NCC (Nature Conservancy of Canada) consultation and governance to have the land extending S by SSW from Hayse’s Cove to Rattling Brook and Brown’s Island inclusive to be transferred in title from the existing and expired land grants to NL Mi’kmaq governing authorities for the eventual construction of a NL Mi’kmaq Interpretation Centre-Museum and perhaps traditional healing centre.
Such a research project, when completed, will expedite the goal of manifesting the funding and construction of such a NL Mi’kmaq interpretation centre. It would then be promoted as a licensed, registered ecotourism guiding business and recognized provincial cultural heritage site. That will eventually stimulate the local Black River-Swift Current economies.
If Mr. John Barrington were alive today sitting on his house step smoking his pipe at Indian Cove looking west at Rattling Brook. it would bring a smirk of honor and pride to his face. It’s the right thing to do, and the vision of Mr. Barrington is long overdue and worthy of recognition. My ole buddy Alphonse Barrington, with a tear in his eye, would also say the same thing.
Namaste (author – PipersHoleMan)