The Coast Salish people inhabited the San Juans for 5,000 years. One important site on San Juan Island, Cattle Point, was a summer camp where residents engaged in fishing and shellfish harvesting. Native peoples' recollections of activities there have been confirmed by physical evidence in the form of shell middens, fish bones, and other artifacts." "Another San Juan site, English Camp, was a winter village site for 2,000 years. Structural remains provide insight into how people's lives and activities changed over time. Tools found at the site have allowed archaeologists to deduce that early residents ate camas bulbs and other plants, engaged in woodworking, weaving, fishing, and carving, and manufactured and used stone tools." "Stein's discussions of the sites and archaeological practices are enhanced by numerous illustrations. Clear photos of different types of artifacts, topographical maps, and other images help the reader to understand how people lived in the San Juans thousands of years ago.
Richly illustrated and non-technical, this book explores, for a general audience, what is known about the history of human inhabitance on the San Juan Islands in Washington State's Puget Sound. The Coast Salish people have lived on the San Juans for 5,000 years, until recently without written history. Archeologists have found tools in various locals on the islands and have extrapolated a picture of how these people may have lived. The more recent history of the Salish is augmented with the written accounts of early European visitors to the islands, even some old photographs. Burke (archaeology, U. Washington) pieces all available information for a book visitors can reference while on the islands or read at home. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)