May 092017

Triquet Island in the territory of the Heiltsuk Nation

An excavation at Triquet Island in the Heiltsuk territory of the British Columbia coast has confirmed a tradition of the Heiltsuk origins. It has provided evidence that the Heiltsuk nation has lived in the area and on the island for over 14,000 years.

Several extremely rare artifacts, some decorated, including a wooden atlatl, fish hooks and a hand drill have been found on the site.

The University of Victoria’s Anthropology Department has partnered with the Heiltsuk Nation in the project.

Although sites of habitation in North America that may have been earlier have been studied, this one is very special. It will support Heiltsuk land claims based on longstanding habitation, and its findings also suggest that early migration from Siberia was likely by skilled navigators.

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