Huu7ii: Household Archaeology at a Nuu-chah-nulth Village Site in Barkley Sound

Alan D. McMillan and Denis E. St. Claire, 2012

209 pages

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This volume presents the results of a collaborative project with the Huu-ay-aht First Nation, a Nuu-chah-nulth group near Bamfield on Vancouver Island’s west coast. It reviews ethnographic and ethnohistoric data on Huu-ay-aht territory and provides detailed descriptions and analysis of excavated materials from the site of Huu7ii, an ancient Huu-ay-aht village with an occupation span of nearly 5,000 years. The major focus is on the excavation of one very large house, argued to be a chiefly residence. Appendices present specific contributions to the research by Gay Frederick (vertebrate faunal analysis), Iain McKechnie (fish remains from the column samples), Ursula Arndt and Dongya Yang (aDNA of cetacean remains), Ian Sumpter (invertebrate faunal analysis), Beth Weathers (paleoethnobotany), and Marlow Pellatt (paleoecology and the pollen record). The results make a significant contribution to our knowledge of the Nuu-chah-nulth past and to household archaeology on the Northwest Coast.

Alan D. McMillan is an adjunct professor in archaeology at Simon Fraser University. He has extensive experience in Northwest Coast archaeology, particularly in Nuu-chah-nulth territory.

Denis E. St. Claire runs Coast Heritage Consulting in Victoria. He has conducted archaeological and ethnographic research with the Nuu-chah-nulth of Barkley Sound for several decades.