Sunday, February 20, 2005

The Prehistory of Ontario

The Prehistory of Ontario. Information about the palaeo-Indians of Ontario, in particular their tools, and their development into the modern woodland tribes of Ontario today.

From the site:

One of the questions most frequently asked of archaeologists who study Ontario's prehistoric past is, "to which tribe did these people belong?"

The names used by archaeologists to describe and sort evidence of past peoples do not represent tribal names or specific cultures. Names such as "Point Peninsula" or "Blackduck" are simply used to describe the people who left behind collections of artifacts, distinct from those left by other peoples and other times. Apart from in very rare cases, it is not possible to associate a particular archaeological 'culture', 'tradition' or 'complex' with a specific tribe. Throughout the long span of prehistory, the people that lived in this province certainly had names for themselves. Unfortunately, these names are lost to us.

Throughout the text of this program you will find frequent references to 'Iroquoian' , 'Algonkian' or 'Siouan' people. These are not tribal names, but indicate that the people being discussed spoke a language belonging to the 'Iroquoian' , 'Algonkian' or 'Siouan' family of languages.

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