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A History of Human Settlement on Nunivak Island, Alaska: Insights from Recent Investigations at Nash Harbor Village

Dennis Griffin
Arctic Anthropology
Vol. 39, No. 1/2 (2002), pp. 51-68
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40316565
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A History of Human Settlement on Nunivak Island, Alaska: Insights from Recent Investigations at Nash Harbor Village
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Abstract

The prehistory of Nunivak Island, the third largest island off Alaska's coastline, offers unique insight into the human settlement of southwestern Alaska. To date, the earliest evidence for human occupation of coastal regions along the Bering Sea dates to ca. 2500 B. P. and marks the beginning of the Norton tradition in western Alaska. Offshore islands, such as Nunivak Island, appear to have been first occupied during this period. The human settlement on Nunivak Island is reconstructed through the Norton and Thule periods, based on the results of recent archaeological investigations at Nash Harbor village. Oral history interviews with contemporary Native elders and a review of ethnohistoric documents provide insights to changes concerning island lifeways resulting from the Russian's "discovery" of the island in 1821 and subsequent Euro-American influence.

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