Archive for June 3rd, 2012
Squamish artifact dates back to at least 400 A.D.
A bowl left by the riverbank more than 1,600 years ago was found by a Washington scientist last week along the Squamish River.
It was a rare, unexpected find for geoscientist Pierre Friele, according to Picque reporter Gagandeep Ghuman.
Carbon dating has determined the historical artefacts are more than 1,600 years old, said Rudy Reimer, a professor of First Nations history and archaeology at SFU.
“It’s 1,610 (years old), plus or minus 20 years,” Reimer said.
Friele also discovered two copper pestles near the bowl.
Squamish Nation Chief Ian Campbell said the Squamish Nation community is excited about the find.
“We are very well-pleased to hear about the discovery and its historical context,” Campbell said.
“This find has generated a lot of excitement in our community.”
Young Native synchronized swimmer headed to London
Citizen Potowatomie Nation member Mary Killman is headed to London and will compete in the Summer Games.
She’ll be swimming alongside synchronized swimming partner Mariya Koroleva.
As Freddy Sherman of the Yahoo Network reports, Killman’s competition will take place 100 years after her hero Jim Thorpe won his gold medals.
This will be 21-year-old Mary Killman’s first Olympics. She has been preparing for the moment by winning synchronized swimming events since age 11.. Like Thorpe, Mary is a native of Oklahoma, and a registered member Citizen of the Potawatomi Nation. When in competition, to honor her heritage, Mary proudly wears the initials CPN on her swimsuit.
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Like other water-based events, synchronized swimming requires overall body strength. Mary’s intensive ten-hour, six-day-a-week training schedule includes both swimming and weight training regimens.
Those unfamiliar with the elements of the sport may think of it as just a water dance routine. However, it requires considerable strength and effort to push up out of the water to hold poses, as well as regulating breathing and rhythm with the music. Routines may last from two to five minutes, including much of the time continually underwater.