Tahltan Ethnoarchaeology


Sylvia L. Albright
Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University


Archaeology, First Nations, Tahltan, Stikine river, European contact, Archival research, Traditional lifeways, Traditional culture, Subsistence economy


In order to reconstruct traditional or prehistoric subsistence and settlement patterns it is considered essential in the present study to understand the extent and manner in which the traditional patterns have been influenced and changed by European contact. To this end, library and archival research has been conducted in order to outline the historical events in the Stikene area and the kinds of influences these events have had on the traditional way of life of the Tahltan people. While the sequence of historic events on the Stikine River was similar to that occurring in other areas of British Columbia, the influence of direct European contact on traditional Tahltan culture was felt much later than in most areas. Throughout the historic period, Tahltans have maintained strong ties to their land and to those aspects of their traditional culture related to a subsistence economy.


  • Frontmatter
  • Complete Book
  • Acknowledgements
  • Table of Contents
  • List of Figures
  • List of Tables
  • I Background to Research
  • II The Tahltan People
  • III Historical Events in the Stikine River Area
  • IV The Environment
  • V The Resource Base
  • VI Technology of Resource Exploitation
  • VII A Seasonal Model of Tahltan Subsistence and Settlement Patterns
  • VIII Economic Stability
  • IX Archaeological Correlates of Seasonal Subsistence Strategies
  • References
  • Appendix 1
  • Appendix 2
  • Appendix 3
  • Appendix 4
  • Backmatter


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May 2, 2017

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