Clam Gardens by Judith Williams

Clam Gardens: Aboriginal Mariculture on Canada's West Coast

  • Transmontanus
  • 128 pages, 7×10 inches
  • Price: $19 CAD · $19 USD
  • ISBN: 9781554200238
  • Date published: 2006-11-09
  • Availability: in print & available


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About Clam Gardens

For many years, archaeologists were unaware of the ancient clam terraces at Waiatt Bay, on Quadra Island. Author Judith Williams knew no differently until she was advised of their existence by a Klahoose elder named Elizabeth Harry (Keekus). By liaising with other observers of clam gardens in the Broughton Archipelago and conducting her own survey of Waiatt Bay and Gorge Harbour on Cortes Island, Williams has amassed evidence that the rock structures seen only at the lowest tides were used by native peoples for the purpose of cultivating butter clams.

Williams's research does much to challenge the notion of pre–contact West Coast indigenous peoples and hunters–gatherers alone. The clam gardens whose existence she documents here might also be unique in the world.

Clam Gardens: Aboriginal Mariculture on Canada's West Coast is number 15 in the Transmontanus series.

About Judith Williams

Artist and writer Judith Williams gathered material on the settling of Kingcome Inlet by homsteaders and the copper/cow pictograph's relation to the potlatch ban during ten years of visits to the inlet. She is the author of High Slack, Dynamite Stories, and Two Wolves at the Dawn of Time. Williams' work has been shown at the Vancouver Art Gallery, UBC's Museum of Anthropology and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. She splits her time and mind between Vancouver and Refuge Cove on West Redonda Island in Desolation Sound.

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