William E. Taylor Prize Awarded to Doctoral Student Victoria Castillo

March 31, 2008

William E. Taylor Prize Awarded to Doctoral Student Victoria Castillo

Gatineau, Quebec, March 31, 2008 — Victoria Castillo, a doctoral student at the University of Alberta, has just been announced as this year’s recipient of the prestigious William E. Taylor Research Award. This $5000 award is presented each year by the Canadian Museum of Civilization to recognize excellence in Arctic research undertaken by a young scholar in the fields of Archaeology, Anthropology, History including Native Studies.

A native of Vancouver, Castillo, was chosen from a field of 10 applicants. Her project, “Fort Selkirk, Yukon: Early Contact Period Interaction Between Northern Tutchone and Hudson’s Bay Company Fur Traders”, examines how Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) fur traders and Northern Tutchone Athapaskans negotiated their roles in socio-economic relations at Fort Selkirk, Yukon, between 1848 and 1852 CE. Using archaeological methods, archival research, oral histories and ethnographies, the project investigates how Indigenous peoples and fur traders engaged in a complex commercial relationship.

The William E. Taylor Research Award was established by the Canadian Museum of Civilization in memory of former Director and Arctic scholar William E. Taylor, Jr. A renowned archaeologist and a tireless proponent of public education, Dr. Taylor headed the Archaeology Division at the former National Museum of Man in the 1960s and helped found the Canadian Archaeological Association. Ms. Castillo is the eleventh person to receive the award.

Each year, students and other young researchers are invited to apply for the prize by providing a résumé, and a brief description of the research project for which the award would be used. The application deadline is January 31, and the winner is announced before the end of March.

The Canadian Museum of Civilization is the national museum of human history and, together with the Canadian War Museum, tells the history of Canada and its people. Further information is available on the Internet at www.historymuseum.ca.

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