This is the story of a monumental stone and wood fish trap on the Central Coast of British Columbia. For hundreds of years the Heiltsuk peoples at the ancestral village of Hauyat used and maintained this trap to catch fish. Recent archaeological and ethnoecological work tells us a great deal about how and when this specific trap was built and used, and also how this place fits into a coast-wide sustainable and selective fishery practiced over thousands of years.
Dr. Darcy Mathews is an Assistant Professor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. He is an Archaeologist and Ethnoecologist interested in the deep history of intertidal and land-based resource management practiced by the indigenous peoples of British Columbia. In addition to his Central Coast work, Darcy is currently working with the Songhees Nation on a long-term research project on Chatham and Discovery Islands.
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