Since the Time of the Transformers: The Ancient Heritage of the Nuu-Chah-Nulth, Ditidaht, and Makah

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UBC Press, 2000 - History - 264 pages
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The Makah, Nuu-chah-nulth, and Ditidaht are closely related peoples who occupy the northern tip of the Olympic Peninsula and western Vancouver Island. In this compelling and comprehensive history of the area, Alan McMillan integrates all available sources of information into a single account, tracing the heritage of these peoples from the earliest archaeological evidence over 4,000 years ago to today's communities.

Using recent data from the Toquaht Archaeological Project in Barkley Sound combined with historical evidence and oral traditions, McMillan demonstrates conclusively that there were extensive cultural changes and restructuring in these societies following contact with Europeans. Since the Time of the Transformers brings together over 100 years of research and will be of immense value to anyone interested in the culture history of this region.

  

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Contents

Differing Approaches to the Nuuchahnulth Past
30
Archaeological Research in Nuuchahnulth Territory
47
The Emergence of the West Coast Culture Type
104
The Late West Coast Culture Type
126
The Transition to Recorded History
178
Recent History and the Modern Communities
215
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Alan McMillan is the author of Native Peoples andCultures of Canada: An Anthropological Overview. He teachesarchaeology at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, and at DouglasCollege in New Westminster, BC,

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