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The Last House at Bridge River offers a comprehensive archaeological study of a single-house floor and roof deposit dated to approximately 1835–1858 C.E. Although the Fur Trade period of the nineteenth century was a time of significant change for aboriginal peoples in the Pacific Northwest, it is a period that is poorly understood. These studies of Housepit 54 at the Bridge River site offer new insights, revealing that ancestors of today’s St’át’imc people were actively engaged in maintaining traditional lifestyles and making the best of new opportunities for trade and intergroup interaction.

Among its major contributions, the book includes a first-ever historical ecology of the Middle Fraser Canyon that places aboriginal and Euro-Canadian history in ecological context. It demonstrates that an integrated multidisciplinary approach to archaeological research can achieve insights well beyond what is known from the ethnographic and historical records. Because the project derives from a long-term partnership between the University of Montana and the Bridge River Indian Band, it illustrates the value of collaborations between archaeologists and First Nations. Together, contributors present a Fur Trade period aboriginal society at a level of intimacy unparalleled elsewhere. 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. Anna Marie Prentiss
  3. pp. 1-18
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  1. 2. Historical Ecology of the Middle Fraser Canyon, British Columbia, during the Nineteenth Century
  2. Matthew J. Walsh
  3. pp. 19-41
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  1. 3. Archaeology of the Fur Trade Period Occupation at Housepit 54, Bridge River Site
  2. Anna Marie Prentiss
  3. pp. 42-66
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  1. 4. Lithic Technology during the Fur Trade Period at Housepit 54
  2. Anna Marie Prentiss, Kelly French, Sara Hocking, Matthew Mattes, Matthew J. Walsh, Mary Bobbitt, Kristen D. Barnett
  3. pp. 67-89
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  1. 5. Lithic Technology and Risk: A Winter Household at the Bridge River Village Site during the Fur Trade Period
  2. Kelly French
  3. pp. 90-106
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  1. 6. Fur Trade Artifacts at Housepit 54, Bridge River Site
  2. C. Riley Augé, Mary Bobbitt, Kelly J. Dixon, Thomas A. Foor
  3. pp. 107-124
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  1. 7. Faunal Remains and Artifacts from the Fur Trade Period Occupation at Housepit 54
  2. Alexandra Williams-Larson
  3. pp. 125-149
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  1. 8. Plant Use Practices of a Historic St’át’imc Household, Bridge River, British Columbia
  2. Natasha Lyons, Anna Marie Prentiss, Naoko Endo, Kristen D. Barnett
  3. pp. 150-164
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  1. 9. Geochemical Characterization of Fur Trade Period Floor Sediments from Housepit 54, Bridge River Village
  2. Nathan Goodale, Katherine Hill, David G. Bailey, Alissa Nauman, Anna Marie Prentiss, Emily Rubinstein, Bruce Wegter, Khori Newlander
  3. pp. 165-181
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  1. 10. Spatial Analysis of the Fur Trade Period Floor and Roof at Housepit 54
  2. Alexandra Williams-Larson, Kristen D. Barnett, Pei-Lin Yu, Matthew Schmader, Anna Marie Prentiss
  3. pp. 182-208
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  1. 11. Indigenous Household Spatial Analysis
  2. Kristen D. Barnett, Brenda Frank
  3. pp. 209-225
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  1. 12. Cultural Change and Continuity across the Late Pre-Colonial and Early Colonial Periods in the Bridge River Valley: Archaeology of the S7istken Site
  2. Lisa Michelle Smith
  3. pp. 226-246
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  1. 13. Conclusions
  2. Anna Marie Prentiss
  3. pp. 247-258
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 259-260
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 261-267
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781607815440
Related ISBN
9781607815433
MARC Record
OCLC
1013728737
Pages
281
Launched on MUSE
2017-12-06
Language
English
Open Access
No
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