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Wayne Suttles has devoted much of his professional life to research on the cultures of the Native peoples of the Pacific Northwest, especially the Coast Salish of the Georgia Strait-Puget Sound Basin. Born and raised in this region, he has been guided by a life-long love of its natural environment and wish to know how its Native peoples lived in it, understood it and felt it. In 1946 he began ethnographic field work with the Straits peoples and in 1951 presented in his Ph.D. dissertation one of the fullest accounts that we have of the fishing, hunting and gathering foundation of a Northwest Coast Indian culture. He is probably best known for his contribution to the “ecological” approach to the Northwest Coast. In essays included in this volume, he was the first to challenge the received wisdom that Northwest Coast Indians lived in perpetual Eden-like abundance and that their lavish potlatches were merely the expression of cultural values gone wild, and he was the first to suggest that cultural differences within the Northwest Coast may be related to environmental differences. These essays have had a lasting impact on the study of the Northwest Coast, provoking argument and suggesting problems for research and hypotheses to test in both social anthropology and archeology. Other essays deal with Native knowledge, belief and art, with Native responses to the European invasion, and with the prehistory of Northwestern North America. All are updated with references to more recent works and the authors own reconsideration of some matters.

Synopsis:

A careful selection from the work of the greatest living ethnographer of the Pacific Northwest.

Synopsis:

A careful selection from the work of the greatest living ethnographer of the Pacific Northwest.<P>"A major contribution to the study of the Indians of the Northwest Coast". — Pacific Northwest Quarterly

About the Author

Wayne Suttles

Wayne Suttles (1918–2005) was an American anthropologist and linguist. He was the leading authority on the ethnology and linguistics of the Coast Salish people of British Columbia and Washington State. He was Professor of Anthropology at Portland State University. Coast Salish Essays is a collection of his key contributions to an ethnographic understanding of the Native peoples of the Northwest coast.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780889222120
Author:
Suttles, Wayne
Publisher:
Talon Books
Location:
Vancouver :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Sociology, anthropology and archaeology
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
Indiens
Subject:
Coast Salish Indians
Subject:
Salish Indians.
Subject:
Salish de la cãote
Subject:
Flathead
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
345-2F
Publication Date:
19870131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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