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list price: $49.95
edition:Paperback
category: History
published: Oct 2017
ISBN:9780772666994
publisher: Royal BC Museum

Kwaday Dan Tsinchi

Teachings from Long Ago Person Found

by Richard J. Hebda; Alexander Mackie & Sheila Greer

tagged: native american
Description

On a late summer day a young man set out on a voyage through the mountains. In 1999, 300 years later, he was discovered by three hunters on the edge of a glacier in northwestern BC, near the Alaska-Yukon border. His remains, preserved in glacial ice for centuries, offered answers,setting in motion a unique multidisciplinary collaboration between indigenous peoples and the scientific community based on mutual respect. Through forensic investigation we learn that he was 18 years old, 5'8" tall, had a tapeworm, a gastric ulcer, and was in the early stages of tuberculosis. From the food sources found in his stomach, colon and rectum, we learned he traveled 70 km in two days. We know he died in August because flowers of the beach asparagus, found in his stomach, only bloom in August in the area he was found. The man's name had faded from even the long memory of the local Champagne and Aishihik indigenous peoples so they renamed him, Kwaday Dan Ts'inchi - the Long Ago Person Found.

This comprehensive and collaborative account contains contributors from around the world, interweaving scientific analysis and cultural knowledge to describe not only an individual and his world, but also a model for how diverse ways of knowing, in both scholarly and oral traditions, can complement each other to provide a new understanding of our complex histories.

About the Authors

Richard J. Hebda

Dr. Richard J. Hebda is curator of earth history and botany at the Royal BC Museum and adjunct professor of biology and earth and ocean sciences at the University of Victoria. He has written extensively on subjects related to botany and ethnobotany.


Alexander Mackie

Dr. Richard J. Hebda is curator of earth history and botany at the Royal BC Museum and adjunct professor of biology and earth and ocean sciences at the University of Victoria. He has written extensively on subjects related to botany and ethnobotany.


Sheila Greer

Dr. Richard J. Hebda is curator of earth history and botany at the Royal BC Museum and adjunct professor of biology and earth and ocean sciences at the University of Victoria. He has written extensively on subjects related to botany and ethnobotany.

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