People of the Middle Fraser Canyon: An Archaeological History

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The Middle Fraser Canyon contains some of the most importantarchaeological sites in British Columbia, including the remains ofancient villages that supported hundreds, if not thousands, of people.How and why did these villages come into being? Why were theyabandoned? In search of answers to these questions, Prentiss and Kuijttake readers on a voyage of discovery into the ancient history of theSt'át'imc, or Upper Lillooet, a people whose struggles andsuccesses are brought to vivid life through photographs, ...

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Overview

The Middle Fraser Canyon contains some of the most importantarchaeological sites in British Columbia, including the remains ofancient villages that supported hundreds, if not thousands, of people.How and why did these villages come into being? Why were theyabandoned? In search of answers to these questions, Prentiss and Kuijttake readers on a voyage of discovery into the ancient history of theSt'át'imc, or Upper Lillooet, a people whose struggles andsuccesses are brought to vivid life through photographs, artistic andfictionalized reconstructions of life in the villages, and discussionsof evidence from archaeological surveys and excavations.

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"This well-written and beautifully illustrated book is a work of public archaeology and deep history that has great meaning and relevance today. The authors innovatively link together archaeological, ethnographic, and oral historical data in an appealing and approachable format, and in doing so contribute to our understanding of indigenous peoples of British Columbia."
- David M. Schaepe, Director and Senior Archaeologist, Stó:lo Research and Resource Management Centre / Stó:lo Nation
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780774821698
  • Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
  • Publication date: 3/18/2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,224,173
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1 Introduction

2 Before the Villages:Middle Period Occupation of the Plateau

3 Setting the RegionalStage

4 The Rise of theMid-Fraser Villages

5 Making a Living: Food inthe Middle Fraser Villages

6 Living Together: SocialOrganization in the Middle Fraser Villages

7 The Abandonment and theAftermath

8 A Broad Perspective:Looking Back, Looking Forward

Appendix: Linguistics / Leora Bar-el

Notes on Sources

References

Index

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