From Juan de Fuca Strait to the Bering Sea, the Northwest Coast
is a labyrinth of rocky islands, hidden reefs and deep inlets, backed
by the almost unbroken chain of the Coastal Range. Spread out
along this rugged coast lived the West Coast peoples; Tlingit in
Alaska, Haida in southern Alaska and the Queen Charlotte Islands,
Kwagiuth and Tsimshian around Queen Charlotte Sound, the Coast
Salish on the Inside Passage, and the Nuu-chah-nulth on Vancouver
Island's west coast.
In this spectacular setting, with abundant food and resources, they
flourished for thousands of years. They lived in large communal
houses in villages facing the sea, often fronted by the great carved
totem poles that recorded their stories and histories. Their lives
revolved around seasonal hunting and harvesting, and the winters
were given to potlatching, their winter ceremonies of feasting,
dancing, oratory and gift-giving.
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