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Impearls: HIC 6.2.5: Material culture

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Earthdate 2005-11-12

Material culture   by A. L. Kroeber

In their industries the Wiyot were mates of the Yurok.  Their habitat supplied certain distinctive materials and now and then favored a minor degree of specialization.  Clams largely took the place of mussels, salt-water fishing was practicable but hunting of little consequence, slightly different basketry woof fibers were available than in the interior, and so on.  But the endeavors and methods of the culture are those of Yurok culture; and that on the social as well as the tangible side.  Houses, baskets (pl. 23), dentalium money, and a hundred other objects were the same and were used and valued alike, apparently.  Together with the lower Yurok and the Tolowa, the Wiyot were the makers of the canoe of northwestern type, whose manufacture can only be carried on where the redwood grows close to the water.



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