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Author Acheson, S.
Year 2005
Section Title Gwaii Haanas Settlement Archaeology
Editor Daryl W. Fedje and Rolf W. Mathewes
Volume Title Haida Gwaii: Human History and Environment from the Time of the Loon to the Time of the Iron People
Series
Publisher University of British Columbia Press
City Vancouver
Pages 303-336
Abstract
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Acheson, S.
2005 Gwaii Haanas Settlement Archaeology. In Haida Gwaii: Human History and Environment from the Time of the Loon to the Time of the Iron People, edited by Daryl W. Fedje and Rolf W. Mathewes, pp. 303-336, University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver.


Acheson’s chapter is a study of the timing, scope, and implications of the expansion of settlements on Haida Gwaii into multilineage aggregates in the historical period. It offers a brief description of traditional Haida settlements based on ethnographic and historical literature. The study was conducted using ethnographic and historical literature as well as detailed archaeological survey data. The three combined offer a detailed perspective into adaptations of Haida communities reacting to social and economic changes in the post-contact historical period. This study focuses on SGang Gwaay as one of many case studies from southern Haida Gwaii, and describes associated defensive sites in addition to the settlements’ expansions. Acheson’s study is of great use in understanding traditional southern Haida settlements, as well as how changes in these settlements can provide valuable insight into the shifting social, cultural, political, and economic realities for Haida communities such as that of SGang Gwaay.

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