Latonia Hartery - Archaeologist

Latonia Hartery


Dr. Latonia Hartery is a filmmaking archaeologist from Newfoundland, who loves adventure, singing, and telling stories.

Latonia has a PhD in Newfoundland, Labrador, and Arctic archaeology. Her exploration of this topic has taken her to the Canadian Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, and Scandinavia.

For the last twenty years she has conducted excavations at her research project on Newfoundland’s Northern Peninsula, in Bird Cove-Plum Point, where she and her team have reconstructed five thousand years of Indigenous history. She is the President of AARA Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to Arctic and NL studies.

Latonia is also an award-winning filmmaker, specializing in both documentaries and narrative films. Works created by her company, LJH Films, have been seen in over thirty countries. For her community efforts, field contributions, and for preserving and promoting Arctic and sub-Arctic culture, she recently received Canada’s Outstanding Young Person Award, Hospitality NL’s Cruise Vision Award, and was also admitted as a Fellow to the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and Explorers Club.

For her artistic work, she was named NL Arts Council Emerging Artist of the Year. She has worked with Adventure Canada since 2005, and currently lives in St. John’s.