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The First Nations of British Columbia

An Anthropological Survey

by (author) Robert J. Muckle

UBC Press
Initial publish date
May 1998
Native American Studies
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    Publish Date
    May 1998
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    Publish Date
    Oct 2007
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The First Nations of British Columbia presents a concise and accessible overview of First Nations’ peoples, cultures, and issues in the province. Its primary purpose is to provide an understanding of today’s pertinent concerns and initiatives by familiarizing readers with the history, diversity, and complexity of First Nations. It does so from an anthropological perspective from which crucial archaeological ethnographic, historic, and legal-political issues are explored.

About the author

Robert J. Muckle is Professor of Anthropology at Capilano University in North Vancouver, Canada. He has been teaching archaeology, biological anthropology, and Indigenous Peoples of North America courses for more than 20 years. He is the author of several publications, including Introducing Archaeology (2nd edition, 2014), Reading Archaeology (2007), and Indigenous Peoples of North America: A Concise Anthropological Overview (2012). He writes the monthly column "Archeology in North America" for the on-line Anthropology News and is active on matters pertaining to anthropology on Twitter (@bobmuckle).

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Editorial Reviews

As a presentation of fundamental knowledge, First Nations of British Columbia will prove very useful to students of British Columbian First Nations … Readers unfamiliar with British Columbia First Nations will find Muckle’s work a most accessible overview, highlighting important recent developments and suggesting authorities for further research.

A useful summary of the numerous issues connected to modern day political reality … This book is meant for a general audience and would serve well for an introductory college or university course on the First Nations of British Columbia …Without the basic knowledged in this book, anyone studying or working in this province will be for the worse. I strongly commend the author for this timeley overview and highly recommend this book on that note.

The Midden, 31:2

lean and accessible language … Well organized … a handy reference for those interested in general information about the study of natives in prehistoric and early historic times.

B.C. Historical News

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