Newfoundland Geological Survey 1868 (Partial)
The following is a partial extract of the 1868 Newfoundland Geological Survey of Black River-Piper's Hole watershed areas excerpted from the James Patrick Howley Field Books (1868), containing the original handwritten notes of this survey, transcribed in ink in a small paperback journal or book. This journal or fieldbook outlining the details of the geological survey for this area, under the direction of two prominent Newfoundland Mi'kmaw guides, notably Joseph Bernard (b. 1812, Bay St. Georges) & John Barrington (b. 1825, Conne River, FB), covers the time period Saturday July 11th to 1868 to Friday August 4th. The excerpt attempts to faithfully reproduce in exact detail both form and content of the original mansuscript, which due to reproduction restrictions can not be scanned for publication. This is done to preserve as much as possible the originality and authenticity of this rare manuscript, which some day hopefully may be scanned for public access. The intention is to capture a glimpse of the physical description of both Joseph (Joe) Bernard (Pekitualuet "Long Beard") and John Barrington, a relative of the former, for which photographs have not survived, so as to transpose the reader in time and place, to literally see through the eyes of J. P. Howley. This manuscript preserves the first known detailed physical description given by a geologist and explorer of Newfoundland Mi'kmaq physiognomy or physical features for this time period, and attests to the detail of attention and meticulous note-taking characteristic of the acute observation and analytical abilities of James Patrick Howley. Such attention to detail also attests to the respect and admiration that Howley conferred to his Native guides, in recognition of their unsurpassable knowledge of the local landscape and geology, acquired through generations of inherited knowledge and expertise in hunting, trapping, fishing guiding, and long-distance trekking of the ancient interior waterways and trails. Without their expertise and experience as professional guides the success of such geological surveys would not have been possible. Submitted by an anonymous researcher.
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