reading between the lines: searching for Witnesses

12.07.2021, Canada, Deborah Carruthers, Archive of the future, Field research, Multimedia, Score, Site-specific, Transdisciplinary research, Anthropology, Biology, Ecology, Field recording, Inter-arts, Anthropocene, Climate change, Colonialism, More-than-humans, Taking turns with Earth, Time scales

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 – Archival research – Quelle: Photo ©Danielle Charron

I have been looking for the oldest trees in Québec; literal witnesses to both cultural and industrial change and adapting to the inevitable changes in climate.
The oldest living tree known in Québec is an eastern white cedar almost 1,000 years old. It grows on an island in Lac Duparquet in Abitibi.
Researchers from the Université du Québec à Montréal have identified individuals more than 500 years old on the shores of the lake and have done studies on dendrochemistry of the forests in that area to look at natural vs human-induced effects on the environment.
Dendrochemistry presupposes that the annual growth rings of trees can provide a snapshot of the environmental chemistry of the year in which the tree ring was formed.

Lac Duparquet, Abitibi: One-thousand year old eastern white cedar
Photograph: Danielle Charron

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