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The Historical Ecology of Laxgalts'ap – a Cultural Keystone Place of the Gitga’ata of Northern British Columbia

Author(s): Spencer Greening ; Dana Lepofsky ; Mark Wunsch ; Nancy Turner

Year: 2017

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For many Indigenous Peoples, their traditional lands are archives of their histories, from the deepest of time to recent memories and actions. These histories are written in the landscapes’ geological features, the plant and animal communities, and associated archaeological and paleoecological records. Some of these landscapes, recently termed "Cultural Keystone Places" (CKPs), are iconic for these groups and have become symbols of the connections between the past and the future, and between people and place. Using an historical ecological approach, we describe our novel methods and initial results for documenting the history of Laxgalts'ap (Old Town) in the territory of the Gitga’ata. We combine data and knowledge from diverse disciplines and communities to tell the deep and recent histories of Laxgalts'ap. This CKP encompasses expansive landscapes and diverse habitats transformed by generations of people interacting with their surrounding environments. Documenting the "softer" footprints of past human-environmental interactions can be elusive and requires using diverse approaches and novel techniques.

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The Historical Ecology of Laxgalts'ap – a Cultural Keystone Place of the Gitga’ata of Northern British Columbia. Spencer Greening, Dana Lepofsky, Mark Wunsch, Nancy Turner. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430285)


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North America-Canada

Spatial Coverage

min long: -142.471; min lat: 42.033 ; max long: -47.725; max lat: 74.402 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 17208

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America