Ozette: Excavating a Makah Whaling Village is a comprehensive and highly readable account of this world-famous archaeological site and the hydraulic excavation of the mudslide that both demolished the houses and protected the objects inside from decay. Ruth Kirk was present, documenting the archaeological work from its beginning, and her firsthand knowledge of the people and efforts involved enrich her compelling story of discovery, fieldwork, and deepen our understanding of Makah cultural heritage.
|Publisher:||University of Washington Press|
|Product dimensions:||7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Table of ContentsForeword by Meredith Parker
1. Getting Started
2. A Buried House
3. More Discoveries
What People are Saying About This
This book is an inspiration, just as ‘Doc’ Daugherty and his crew inspired us all at the Ozette Village site. We will never understand our future until we better understand the past and Ozette helps us do just that.
Makahs worked with ‘Doc’ Daugherty and Ruth Kirk for more than 45 years and we have been greatly anticipating the completion this book. As Makahs, we know the beauty and strength of Ozette and now the rest of the world can too!
Anything Ruth Kirk writes I will devoutly read, and to have her paired with the dramatic story of the Ozette dig is a decided pleasure. No writer is more qualified, nor more dedicated, to the telling of this enticing archeological tale.
As someone who first saw Ozette fifty years ago, and who has wondered about its mysteries ever since, I could not be happier to see this book appear out of the Makah mists. One of the greatest Northwest stories ever, as told by one of my favorite authors everwhat's not to celebrate? Reading Ruth Kirk's loving account of Professor Richard Daugherty's greatest excavation, enriched with tribal participation and her stunning photographs, takes me there once again.
From listening to the stories of Makah elders to accompanying archeologists in the field and specialists in the lab, Ruth Kirk has made a decades-long study of the Northwest's oldest documented whaling village. Now, with honed insight and clear, luminous prose, she shares the remarkable story of Ozette village and its rediscovery. This book is a celebration of a heroic people and an enduring culture in one of the most dramatic natural settings in North America.
Ozette: Excavating a Makah Whaling Village will be highly popular among both professionals in anthropology and members of the interested public. This truly is one of her best writings and a synthesis such as only Ruth Kirk could write.
In this one of a kind first person account Ruth Kirk gives us a long awaited behind the scenes look at one of the most important archaeological finds in the Northwest. From the wonder of the unfolding discovery, including photographs from the dig, to the special relationship that developed with the Makah people as their village at Ozette was revealed, Kirk's account is a unique gift to readers and to history.