Old Cordillera Culture

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The Old Cordilleras culture is one of the oldest Stone Age Indian cultures in the Northwest Pacific region of the USA.

The old cordillera culture existed from around 9000 BC. Until 5000 BC It probably originated in the coastal areas of today's US states of Alaska , Washington , Oregon and the Canadian province of British Columbia and spread from there into the interior, especially along the Columbia River . One of its distinctive features that set it apart from other contemporary cultures such as the Clovis was the stone projectile tips shaped like willow leaves .

The people of the old cordillera culture were hunters and gatherers who hunted animals up to the size of deer ( small game hunters ). In this respect they also differed from the neighboring bison-hunting peoples ( big game hunters ) in the east of them. From the archaeological finds, including fish hooks, it can be concluded that they were fishing. Salmon fishing in particular played a central role in their diet along the rivers.


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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Liz Sonneborn: Chronology of American Indian History . Infobase Publishing 2007, ISBN 0-8160-6770-8 , p. 5 ( excerpt (Google) )
  2. ^ A b Carl Waldmann: Atlas of the North American Indian . Infobase Publishing 2007, ISBN 0-8160-6859-3 , pp. 7–8 ( excerpt (Google) )
  3. ^ Alvin M. Josephy: The Indian Heritage of America . Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1991, ISBN 0-395-57320-3 , pp. 132-133 ( excerpt (Google) )