Researching the Beothuk

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I am looking for people willing to share their memories of seeing the bones of the Beothuk child and man during a visit to the old Newfoundland Museum on Duckworth Street in St. John’s.

I am a lecturer in anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. For the past few years I have been doing research concerning the Beothuk and the ways in which people of Newfoundland remember the Beothuk. As part of this work I am interested in people’s memories of visiting the old Newfoundland Museum in the 1960s, 1970s, maybe the early 1980s, and seeing the skeletons of the Beothuk man and child which were on display.

If you visited the museum back then and remember seeing the skeletons and are willing to share your memories I would be happy to hear from you.

I am in St. John’s until Thursday, May 29, and am happy to meet in person, or by all means email me your thoughts and memories. Many thanks.

Dr. John Harries

University of Edinburgh

Organizations: University of Edinburgh, Newfoundland Museum

Geographic location: Newfoundland

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  • Randy Steed
    May 28, 2014 - 13:47

    I remember visiting the Newfoundland Museum on numerous occasions. I lived on Duckworth St from 1956 to 1966 and visited quite frequently mainly out of curiosity but also for something to do. I remember the bones of both the adult and baby Beothuck skeletons. I remember back in Grade 5 that Newfoundland History was a mandatory subject in the school curriculum. We were taught how John Cabot and other European fishing fleets and settlers came to this island. My recollection (right or wrong) is that many of the Beothuck Indians were forced away from their camps and many were killed off. I believe that there may even have been a bounty on their heads. As you know Mary March, the last known Beothuck survivor died in St. John's of tuberculosis.

  • Gwenyth Smith
    May 28, 2014 - 11:22

    My friend Helen & I would walk down over the hill from Presentation. We'd go to the Museum & look around - we loved going there. Then we'd go to the library & trudge home with our bookbags, violins, lunch boxes, and library books in our arms. We were called "bookworms"

  • Sun0Racer
    May 28, 2014 - 09:33

    Do some DNA tests on Innu. Then pay up what we owe them in damages. If Ches can sue the moose-animal, non-native, shipped in, then.....I've said enough. Keep up the good work Dr. Harries, let us when you finally prove that the Beothuk lineage has persisted.