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Photo Credit: Lichen Project, Troy Moth

New Research: Ancient Forest Gardens in Nuchatlaht Territory Confirm Land-Use History

Researchers combine archaeological and ecological data to identify ancient orchards and forest gardens on Nootka Island, Claim Area of Nuchatlaht First Nation in BC Supreme Court Rights and Title Case 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

May 3, 2022 

VANCOUVER, BC New research, published today in the Journal of Archaeological Science, reveals how Nuchatlaht (Nuu-chah-nulth) people cultivated plant foods in their coastal territories. Forest gardens — remnant ecosystems managed for their fruit, berry, and root plants — were identified by archaeologists and botanists at Simon Fraser University and the New York Botanical Garden. Lead researcher, Dr. Chelsey Geralda Armstrong, Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies at SFU has been working with Nuchatlaht First Nation for over a year, “these orchards and forest gardens are unlike anything growing in the wild, they show investment in the land and concerted efforts to manage forests”.

Link to Research Paper

Link to Photo Gallery/Media*

 

*All Photo Credits: Lichen Project, Troy Moth 

Press Contact

Chelsey Geralda Armstrong | Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University  

+1 604-346-8824 | chelsey_geralda@sfu.ca 

Mark Worthing | Coastal Projects Lead, Sierra Club BC

+1 250-889-3575 | mark@sierraclub.bc.ca

  

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