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The prehistory of the Northwest Coast [electronic resource] /
R.G. Matson, Gary Coupland.
imprint
Walnut Creek, CA : Left Coast Press, c2009.
description
xvii, 364 p. : ill., maps.
ISBN
9781598744590
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Walnut Creek, CA : Left Coast Press, c2009.
isbn
9781598744590
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
11373964
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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This volume provides a descriptive overview of the cultural complexity on the northwest coast that stretches from northern California to Alaska.
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Matson and Coupland provide an authoritative summary of the archaeology of the North American northwest coast, Oregon to Alaska, a region that holds a diversity of complex Native American cultures with distinctive and memorable art in fabric and wood (the totem pole is perhaps the most notable product). The authors, both heavily involved in the archaeology of the region, present an exhaustive history of previous excavations and a thorough review of past interpretations. When Westerners first encountered the Native Americans of the northwest coast, these peoples had stratified societies with hereditary social inequality and vast differences in personal wealth. At the root of this complex socioeconomic structure was the intensive harvest of fish and sea mammals. The authors fully explore how this came about. This book should be required reading for general and specialized courses in prehistory and the ethnographic present. General readers may find it stiff going, but the work should be acquired for any collection with extensive holdings on Native Americans. R. B. Clay; University of Kentucky
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"An authoritative summary of the archaeology of the North American northwest coast... An exhaustive history of previous excavations and a thorough review of past interpretations... This book should be required reading for general and specialized courses in prehistory and the ethnographic present... The work should be acquired for any collection with extensive holdings on Native Americans." CHOICE
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This volume provides a descriptive overview of the cultural complexity on the northwest coast that stretches from northern California to Alaska. Topics covered range from the earliest settlements to the subsequent cultural diversities in Native American populations. Maps, charts, and illustrations further enhance the book's interest and appeal.

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