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The Pioneers Scholarship 2020 – Honouring Dale Kennedy

AARA Inc. regularly announces scholarships for graduate students conducting research on Newfoundland and Labrador cultural topics. The purpose of the fund is to honour pioneering Arctic and sub-Arctic research by awarding a scholarship in this area. Awards will be based on the promise of a student’s research to make a contribution to our knowledge and understanding of the cultural heritage of northern peoples, both past and present.

Next deadline: June 15, 2020 @5pm EST

Scholarship Amount: $5000

Dale and Lawrence Caines Exploring in Bird Cove

Dale and L. Caines Exploring in Bird Cove

For the 2020 year, we partner with our scholarship co-sponsor Adventure Canada, to honour Dale Kennedy. Dale was a pioneer in developing community-based archaeology on Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula. As a Bird Cove resident, he combined a respect for his roots with a growing determination to extend the knowledge of his region’s history. Dale was instrumental in co-creating, with Lawrence Caines, the Bird Cove Archaeology Project in 1993. Over the past 25 years, the BCAP has made major contributions to understanding Newfoundland’s pre-contact and historic period. Nearly 40 archaeological sites have been found in the Bird Cove area.

Latonia Hartery, Miki Lee, Tim Rast and Dale1999_2

L. Hartery, M. Lee, T. Rast and Dale, 1999

Dale’s contributions to archaeology in Newfoundland have been significant in terms of support for both research and public education. Likewise, since 1996, the Bird Cove Archaeology Project and 50 Centuries Heritage Foundation has provided nearly 300 seasonal jobs to local residents, including employment as archaeological field researchers, as staff in the Interpretation Centre, and as contractors renovating the Centre and building educational infrastructure such as trails and onsite interpretation panels. The field project and resulting museum brings tourists and visitors to the Bird Cove region, which significantly benefits the local economy. Dale was integral in designing the trail system that allows visitors to access archaeology sites and tours.

Dorset Harpoon Endblades Found in the Peat Garden North site at Bird Cove_3

Dorset Harpoon Endblades Found at Peat Garden North, Bird Cove

His dedication to the survival of his community via self-education also resulted in 25 years of training for, and research by, various student archaeologists. Numerous graduate student theses were written using Bird Cove site data, notably by Stephen Hull, Mark Penney, Latonia Hartery, and Alison Harris. Similarly, opportunities for established archaeologists and conservationists were also the result of his efforts, including David Reader, Helen Evans, Tim Rast, Miki Lee, and Latonia Hartery. Bird Cove site data has also been used, and cited, in numerous peer reviewed archaeological reports, papers and articles. In his effort to put Northern Newfoundland’s heritage on the map, Dale also advocated for international field schools, which brought scholars and students to Newfoundland from the United States, under the guidance of Dr. Steven Cox and the Maine State Museum.

Lawrence Caines, Dale, and Miki Lee in 2017_4

Lawrence, Dale and Miki, 2017

For his outstanding community efforts and archaeological work, he received The Pendergast Award in 2007, the highest achievement an avocational archaeologist could receive in Canada. It is administered by the Canadian Archaeological Association. Sadly, Dale passed away, much too young, in 2017. As he was also a co-founder of AARA, this is our way of honouring his memory. He is missed every day.

How To Apply

This call for applications will support any graduate student who is from Newfoundland or Labrador, and who is writing a thesis about the archaeology, history, or folklore of the province. Students do not have to be currently living in the province, but their research project has to be Newfoundland and Labrador based.

Applicants must:

  • demonstrate how their thesis research project benefits and engages NL community(ies).
  • be registered at a Canadian University and in a graduate program for archaeology, history or folklore.
  • submit a two page maximum, single spaced, proposal of research.
  • submit a CV.
  • submit two letters of recommendation.
  • use a type font of 12 in Times New Roman.
  • provide supportive material (maximum 2 brief samples, for e.g. 10 page samples of a published article, newspaper article, set of photos, links to 5min max video).
  • acknowledge AARA in any publications or written works that result from this scholarship.
  • inform referees that their letters of support will go directly to the AARA Inc official email and cannot be forwarded from the student. Please inform the referee to put REFERENCE LETTER FOR in the subject heading of the email.

The successful recipient will be announced July 15, with funding dispersed soon thereafter. Please be advised that a range of career professionals will review the applications and therefore technical language should be avoided. The scholarship funds must be used for research and/or student needs.

All inquiries leading up to the scholarship deadline, as well as the application and reference letters, should be emailed to:

(L-R) W. Fitzhugh, S. Barkham, D. Reader, Dale Kennedy, and C. Martijn at a conference in Bird Cove-Plum Point_Wide Photo on Bottom 1

(L-R) W. Fitzhugh, S. Barkham, D. Reader, D. Kennedy, and C. Martijn at a Bird Cove-Plum Point Conference, 1998.

Plum Point-Bird Cove area sunset. Photo by Dennis Minty_Wide Photo on Bottom 2

Plum Point-Bird Cove Area Sunset (Photo by Dennis Minty).

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