My name is Martin Lominy. I’m a trained archaeologist, a career educator, a self-taught craftsman and the founder of Aboriginal Technologies Autochtones, a Quebec based business with an educational mission aimed at providing the general public with a more practical vision of the past and a better understanding of aboriginal cultures of North America through the reproduction and experimentation of ancient technologies.
Today I am sorting through a number of projects that begun since last year’s DOA post. Contrary to most of my colleagues which are busiest during the summer working in the field and lab, as a craftsman and educator I find myself with a more flexible work schedule between the end and the beginning of the school year. Experimenting ancient technologies from piecing together fragmentary records (archaeological, archival and ethnographic) to testing replicated tools is only a fraction of my work for Aboriginal Technologies but certainly the most challenging. That’s what I mostly do during the summer having fewer contracts and more time, and of course good weather to work outdoors. So here I am today setting up a schedule for all the projects that have been on stand-by during the fall and winter. This development period to work on experimental projects is not possible the rest of the year when most of my time spent in the workshop is about crafting artifact replicas for museums and various organizations. Artifact reproduction is fascinating work that I very much enjoy but it is more routine than learning when you already know how to do it. The other half of my time is dedicated to public education through a variety of activities ranging from academic conferences to school workshops and event demonstrations to share the information acquired through experimenting. At Aboriginal Technologies, experimenting and teaching are two sides of the same coin: I experiment to learn and I teach from experience.
Given the number of projects I come up with or am given the opportunity to collaborate on in a single year, most of them often require many months and sometimes several years before being completed, especially since many projects are collaborative and must be coordinated with colleagues or depend on colleagues that have the resources to run these projects. It is not my intention to describe here the various projects keeping me busy these days but I will post a few photos to summarize the kind of experiments and learning experiences that will fuel future public activities.
Well, I guess that’s enough to keep me busy all summer. Thanks for reading. To learn more about our work and follow the progress of these projects, visit our website or Facebook page.