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 experimentation of ancient technologies. Since 2005 we have provided artefact replicas, educational workshops, interactive conferences, craft demonstrations and consultation services for a variety of institutions such as schools, colleges, universities, interpretation centers and museums across Canada and beyond. We also enjoy collaborating on various projects ranging from experimental archaeology to movie sets. Rather than summarize too much information or present one of many projects, I’m offering here a photo essay of various subjects and activities we have worked on since last year’s post.
Photo credit: Luc Doyon
Collaboration with PhD student Luc Doyon from the University of Montreal to make and test Aurignacian arrows on an animal target.
Educational kit designed for Quebec schools to supplement the teaching program on Iroquoian society through activities based on experimental archaeology.
Part of a large order of Northwest coast fishing tool replicas for the movie set of Night at the Museum 3.
Photo credit: Francine Gélinas
Stone axe replica from our collection used by archaeology consultants Gaïa for a dwelling reconstruction experiment.
Set of stone tool replicas made for a public dig simulation at Pointe-du-Buisson museum.
Photo credit: Mathieu Hébert
Collaboration with survival school Les Primitifs to teach the production techniques of aboriginal fishing technologies.
Set of prehistoric bone tool replicas for interpretation activities in a museum.
Experimenting the production of a prehistoric pitch recipe based on recent discoveries.
Young apprentice collecting raw materials for cordage production. Most of our replicas are made with materials that we harvest ourselves.
Some pottery tools from our collection used in an experimental workshop with university students.
Assisting a class of grade school students in a model project on aboriginal lifestyles.
Most archaeologists get covered in dirt. We mostly get covered in dust.
It seems most of our projects begin like this.
One of our most popular items: crooked knife. Just as we use it in our reproduction process, our customers used it to rediscover old woodworking techniques.
A variety of artefact replicas for a school program on aboriginal culture.
A custom replica of a warclub for a private collector. Many of our clients order pieces that they could not otherwise have in their collection.