People of the Middle Fraser Canyon

An Archaeological History

Anna Marie Prentiss and Ian Kuijt

  • Published: 2012. Paperback 2013
  • Subject Listing: Native American and Indigenous Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 288 pp., 40 photos, 25 drawings, 6 x 9.5 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

The Middle Fraser Canyon contains some of the most important archaeological sites in British Columbia, including the remains of ancient villages that supported hundreds, if not thousands, of people. How and why did these villages come into being? Why were they abandoned? In search of answers to these questions, Prentiss and Kuijt take readers on a voyage of discovery into the ancient history of the St'át'imc, or Upper Lillooet, a people whose struggles and successes are brought to vivid life through photographs, artistic and fictionalized reconstructions of life in the villages, and discussions of evidence from archaeological surveys and excavations.
Anna Marie Prentiss is a professor in theDepartment of Anthropology at the University ofMontana. Ian Kuijt is a professor in theDepartment of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame.

"This well-written and beautifully illustrated book is a work of public archaeology and deep history that has great meaning and relevance today. The authors innovatively link together archaeological, ethnographic, and oral historical data in an appealing and approachable format, and in doing so contribute to our understanding of indigenous peoples of British Columbia."
-David M. Schaepe, Director and Senior Archaeologist, Stó:lo Research and Resource Management Centre / Stó:lo Nation

1 Introduction

2 Before the Villages:Middle Period Occupation of the Plateau

3 Setting the RegionalStage

4 The Rise of theMid-Fraser Villages

5 Making a Living: Food inthe Middle Fraser Villages

6 Living Together: SocialOrganization in the Middle Fraser Villages

7 The Abandonment and theAftermath

8 A Broad Perspective:Looking Back, Looking Forward

Appendix: Linguistics / Leora Bar-el

Notes on Sources