UAH, AIA, welcome Kevin Brownlee curator of Canada's renowned Manitoba Museum

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Kevin Brownlee, Curator of Archaeology at The Manitoba Museum

Kevin Brownlee, Curator of Archaeology at The Manitoba Museum will give two public lectures on the campus of The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) on Tuesday, March 1.

Located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, The Manitoba Museum, is considered the largest heritage center in the world and focuses on combined human and natural heritage subject matter. Brownlee's visit is co-sponsored by the UAH College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) - North Alabama Society. Dr. Lillian Joyce, Chair and Associate Professor of Art History at UAH is President of the AIA North Alabama Society.

Brownlee's first talk "Experimental Archaeology: How We Know What We Know," will be presented at 12:45 p.m., in Wilson Hall room 168.

"Brownlee enthusiastically volunteered to speak with UAH students in the Survey of Art in Non-Western Traditions about his educational and life experiences that led him to become a Curator of Archaeology at the Manitoba Museum," said Dr. Lillian Joyce. "Students in the class are excited to learn about how to build a canoe and fashion pottery the way it was done by First Nations peoples. Through experimental archaeology, Brownlee has had fascinating experiences with replicating and testing of a variety of tools and technologies used by First Nations peoples," Joyce added. Later in the evening at 7:30 p.m., Brownlee will give the talk "First Nations of Canada: Archaeology and Repatriation of Ancestral Remains," in the Chan Auditorium, located in UAH's Business Administration Building.

"Brownlee's work with the remains of three ancestors inadvertently exposed by flooding along the Winnipeg River is a highly successful example of collaboration between archaeologists and First Nations communities," said Joyce.

Kevin Brownlee, has been Curator of Archaeology at the Manitoba Museum since 2003. He focuses on the archaeology of Manitoba's boreal forest and the emerging field of indigenous archaeology. Brownlee has spent his career working with Indigenous communities raising awareness of ancient heritage and archaeology. Prior to working at the museum, Brownlee served as an Aboriginal Liaison Officer for the government of Manitoba.

Brownlee earned an MA degree in Archaeology at The University of Manitoba. For more information about Brownlee and his work at the Manitoba Museum, please visit: manitobamuseum.ca.


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