Patrick Morgan Ritchie

Coast Salish Cultural Landscapes, Pre-contact Social Organization, Pre-contact Settlement Patterning, Demography, Ceremonialism and Cultural traditions, Ethnographic Studies, Heritage Management

Research Summary:

My research involves a number of interrelated archaeological studies that collectively focus on examining the evidence for continuity, sufficiency, and exclusivity of occupation on the Harrison River, SW British Columbia. Combined, these subjects are the basis for the Supreme Court of Canada to evaluate whether the Sts’ailes people have a legitimate claim to exercise aboriginal rights and title. Much of the basis of this research involves identifying, documenting, and testing ancestral Sts’ailes houses and settlement areas.

The histories and cultures of people worldwide have always been a passion of mine, leading me into archaeological research in 2004. Since this time, I have developed a fascination with the Northwest Coast specifically, where have worked directly for local First Nation communities in a number of capacities, always linked to issues of cultural resource management and aboriginal rights and title. My fundamental interest in being a graduate student at the University of British Columbia is to develop the skills, relationships, and knowledge needed to engage and contribute meaningfully to these complex issues in the coming decades.

Journal Articles:

Ritchie, Morgan, Dana Lepofsky, Sue Formosa, Marko Porcic, and Kevan Edinborough. 2016. “Beyond Culture History: Coast Salish Settlement Patterning and Demography in the Fraser Valley, B.C”. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 43 (2016) 140-154.

Lyons, Natasha, and Morgan Ritchie. 2017. “The Archaeology of Camas Production & Exchange on the Northwest Coast: With Evidence from a Sts’ailes (Chehalis) Village on the Harrison River, British Columbia”. Journal of Ethnobiology, 37 (2): 346 – 367.
Morin, Jesse, Dana Lepofsky, Morgan Ritchie, Marko Porčić, and Kevan Edinborough. 2018. “Assessing continuity in the ancestral territory of the Tsleil-Waututh-Coast Salish, southwest British Columbia, Canada”. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 51 (2018) 77–87.
Book Chapter:

Ritchie, Morgan and Chris Springer. 2017. “Excavation of a Multiple-Use Rock Shelter on the Harrison River”. In: Archaeology of the Lower Fraser River Region, edited by Mike Rousseau and Roy Carlson (SFU Press). Chapter 12: 105 – 112.

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Doctoral Scholarship
Killam Doctoral Scholarship
Four-year Graduate Fellowship