Third Collaborative Publication Regarding Huron-Wendat Tooth Samples

August 3, 2016 by Communications

Prof. Susan Pfeiffer is very pleased to announce the most recent publication arising out of work on the ancestral teeth that were retained with the permission of the Huron-Wendat. Their ancestral remains were repatriated and reburied in September 2013.

This is the third collaborative publication, with another manuscript recently submitted and a new project in the works.

Prof. Pfeiffer hopes these papers will effectively demonstrate to a broad readership that the retention of small tissue samples – like individual teeth – can allow descendants to learn about their ancestors through scientific archaeology.

"Maize, fish and deer: Investigating dietary staples among ancestral Huron-Wendat villages, as documented from tooth samples" by Susan Pfeiffer, Judith C. Sealy, Ronald F. Williamson, Suzanne Needs-Howarth, and Louis Lesage has been published by American Antiquity (81.3:515-532) and can be read below. 

PDF iconMaize, Fish, and Deer: Investigating Dietary Staples (PDF)

Professor Susan Pfeiffer with members of the Huron-Wendat Community
(From left to right) Susan Pfeiffer (professor of anthropology, U of T), Barbara Harris (councillor at Six Nations of Grand River), Luc Lainé (Huron-Wendat Nation) and Joanne Thomas (consultation point person for Six Nations) at the May 2012 Exhibit Opening of "Uncovering Our Early Past: First Nations in Toronto" (Photo by Jon Horvatin)