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By Julie K. Stein

Each year millions of individuals stopover at the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington kingdom. With a replica of Exploring Coast Salish Prehistory in hand, they're going to get pleasure from an advent either to archaeology ordinarily and to websites inside San Juan Island nationwide historical Park.

The Coast Salish humans inhabited the San Juans for 5,000 years. One very important website on San Juan Island, farm animals element, was once a summer time camp the place citizens engaged in fishing and shellfish harvesting. local peoples’ reminiscences of actions there were proven by means of actual facts within the type of shell middens, fish bones, and different artifacts.

Another San Juan website, English Camp, was once a iciness village web site for 2,000 years. Structural continues to be offer perception into how people’s lives and actions replaced over the years. instruments discovered on the website have allowed archaeologists to infer that early citizens ate camas bulbs and different vegetation, engaged in woodworking, weaving, fishing, and carving, and synthetic and used stone tools.

Stein’s discussions of the websites and archaeological practices are improved via a variety of illustrations. transparent images of alternative kinds of artifacts, topographical maps, and different photographs aid the reader to appreciate how humans lived within the San Juans hundreds of thousands of years in the past.

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Crabs were picked up by waders or speared from canoes. Open-weave baskets were used to collect the marine invertebrates, allowing the water to drain out the bottom. Lucy Lane Handeyside (born in 1893), an elder of the Lummi Nation, remembers: My mother used to eat sea cucumbers but we didn't like them. Didn't like the looks of them. Too ugly. We also ate a seafood that looked like a little bootie. They were not mussels. They weren't Chinese hats. They stick on rocks. You pry them off. You don't cook them long.

An excavation outside Sequim has uncovered a structure made within a depression, roughly the same age as the depressions at Catde Point. Finding evidence of such dwellings in the Northwest is unusual, however, similar structures were built for thousands of years east of the Cascade range in the plateau region, especially along the Columbia and Fraser Rivers. Houses built in depressions, called pithouses, are ingenious structures for survival in the very cold, snowy climate of the plateau. In 1997, Cattle Point Site,,--45 Vera Morgan from Eastern Washington University uncovered near the town of Sequim a depression with rock features that are in some ways similar to those found at the Cattle Point site.

Reef-netting was so productive that personal slaves were put to work processing fish. Only in this way could all the fish be cleaned, dried, and stored before they spoiled. Reef-netting is still practiced today along the migration routes of fish in many parts of the Sanjuan and Gulfislands and along the mainland coast. Presumably it was practiced in these same locations in the past. The fish return from feeding in the open ocean and follow various routes through the islands on their way to spawning grounds up the 32,,--, Exploring Coast Salish Prehistory Herman Olsen (born in 1909), an elder rfthe Lummi Nation, describes reif-netting in the early 19th century: "When we went out there and put in those reif nets, we caught fish right off starting the first day and the white fishermen never had one to eat.

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