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Emerging from the Mist

Studies in Northwest Coast Culture History

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Emerging from the Mist

Studies in Northwest Coast Culture History

Our understanding of the precontact nature of the Northwest Coast has changed dramatically over the last twenty years. This book brings together the most recent research on the culture history and archaeology of a region of longstanding anthropological importance, whose complex societies represent the most prominent examples of hunters and gatherers. Combining archaeology, ethnohistory, and ethnography, this collection investigates several aspects of this cultural complexity, carrying on the intellectual traditions of Donald H. Mitchell and Wayne Suttles.

Table of Contents



1 Introduction: The Northwest Coast in Perspective / R.G. Matson

2 A Hunter-Gatherer Paramount Chiefdom: Tsimshian Developments through the Contact Period / Andrew R.C. Martindale

3 Northwest Coast Wet-Site Artifacts: A Key to Understanding Resource Procurement, Storage, Management, and Exchange / Dale R. Croes

4 The Coast Salish House: Lessons from Shingle Point, Valdes Island, British Columbia / R.G. Matson

5 Nuu-chah-nulth Houses: Structural Remains and Cultural Depressions on Southwest Vancouver Island / Alexander P. Mackie and Laurie Williamson

6 Preliminary Analysis of Socioeconomic Organization at the McNichol Creek Site, British Columbia / Gary Coupland, Roger Colten, and Rebecca Case

7 Dimensions of Regional Interaction in the Prehistoric Gulf of Georgia / Colin Grier

8 The Cultural Taphonomy of Nuu-chah-nulth Whale Bone Assemblages / Gregory G. Monks

9 The Thin Edge: Evidence for Precontact Use and Working of Metal on the Northwest Coast / Steven Acheson

10 A Stitch in Time: Recovering the Antiquity of a Coast Salish Basket Type / Kathryn Bernick

11 Reviewing the Wakashan Migration Hypothesis / Alan McMillan

12 Location-Allocation Modelling of Shell Midden Distribution on the West Coast of Vancouver Island / Quentin Mackie

13 The Northwest Coast as a Study Area: Natural, Prehistoric, and Ethnographic Issues / Leland Donald

Epilogue / Leland Donald


Notes on Contributors


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