People of the Middle Fraser Canyon
An Archaeological HistoryBook - 2012
The Middle Fraser Canyon contains some of the most important archaeological sites in British Columbia, including the remains of ancient villages that supported hundreds, if not thousands, of people. How and why did these villages come into being? Why were they abandoned? In search of answers to these questions, Prentiss and Kuijt take readers on a voyage of discovery into the ancient history of the St’át’imc, or Upper Lillooet, a people whose struggles and successes are brought to vivid life through photographs, artistic and fictionalized reconstructions of life in the villages, and discussions of evidence from archaeological surveys and excavations.
This volume on the history of peoples of the Middle Fraser Canyon in British Columbia, Canada, examines the archaeological records of the indigenous culture from the time of the first human inhabitation eight thousand years ago, to the arrival of European explorers. The work explores the villages that grew up in the valley and eventually supported hundreds or thousands of inhabitants. Topics discussed include the early House societies; hunting, gathering, and fishing practices; social organization; the abandonment of the valley villages; and the return of indigenous peoples after European contact. The book includes numerous illustrations, black and white photographs, and maps. Prentiss is a professor of anthropology at the University of Montana and Kuijt is a professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. US distribution is by U. of Washington Press. Canadian distribution is by U. of Toronto Press. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)