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B.C First Nations Studies by Kenneth Campbell, Charles Menzies, Brent Peacock

By Kenneth Campbell, Charles Menzies, Brent Peacock

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These tall conical tents covered with moose or caribou hides were light and easily transported. The people of the southern interior developed a unique winter home that is usually called a pit house living on the land A frame of poles covered with woven mats was a common form of summer housing in the interior, as it allowed for easy movement. because a pit was excavated in the ground to create a living space. They were usually circular with a conical roof built of beams and posts. People entered through the central smokehole, which held a ladder made from a log.

On the plains, wood bison once lived, though they no longer do. Many other smaller animals and fish species such as Arctic grayling, trout, whitefish, and northern pike add to the resources of the region. People of the Northeast The people who traditionally inhabited this region belong to the Athapaskan language family, which was spoken from Alaska to the southwest United States. Three Athapaskan-speaking groups lived in the northeast region. Farthest north was the southern limit of the E’cho Dene or Slavey people’s territories.

Freshwater fish were caught with similar methods to those used in the salmon fishery: hooks, spears, and gill nets. Ice fishing was common in the interior during winter, when fine fishing lines of sinew were dropped through a hole in the ice with a baited stone or bone hook attached. When a fish was caught it was hauled through the hole, or if it was large, speared first. ’s rivers, the sturgeon, grows up to six metres in length and can weigh as much as 600 kg. Sturgeon were usually fished from canoes.

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