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Jona Memoir 17

Basketry from the ozette village archaeological site:
A technological, functional, and comparative Study

By Dale R. Croes, Darby C. Stapp (Editor), and Alexandra Martin (Design)

Over three centuries ago, a large mudslide covered a section of the Makah village of Ozette. In a waterlogged condition, thousands of wood and fiber artifacts were preserved. Working in equal partnership with the Makah Indian Nation, Washington State University (WSU) archaeologists excavated a section of this site; I was the WSU graduate student who undertook the study of hundreds of ancient basketry items. To make sure I understood the Ozette baskets, the tribe had me work directly with Makah Master Basketmakers at the Neah Bay school, resulting in this unique synergy of cultural and scientific analysis and synthesis. First, my study here defines the diverse Ozette basketry attributes (modes) and statistically compares them to ancient basketry from all known Northwest Coast wet sites. Second, I combine culturally important basketry attributes, as learned from Makah basketmakers, into basketry types which also are compared to types found at other wet sites; the results clearly indicate a continuity of basketry cultural styles in three regions of the Northwest Coast for 2,000 to 3,000 years. And third, I combined the Ozette basketry types into functional sets; they are ideal for this purpose, since they are recovered in their original position in an ancient household and contain original contents. I computer mapped positions of baskets, hats and mats in Ozette House 1 demonstrating the location of different family units and reflecting the status and activities of household members. My three-level analysis of basketry from Ozette Village and other Northwest Coast wet sites demonstrates a prominent role for basketry artifacts in our region’s archaeological research.

Dale R. Croes, Author

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JONA Memoir Series

The JONA Memoir Series offers a more thematic approach than the biannual issues, covering a range of topics relating to efforts of anthropological study in the Northwest.

Memoirs 1–6 are only available digitally.
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Action Anthropology and Sol Tax in 2012: The Final Word? (Memoir)
By Douglas E. Foley, Susan Tax Freeman, Robert E. Hinshaw, Solomon H. Katz, Joshua Smith, Albert L. Wahrhaftig, Tim Wallace, Joan Ablon, John H. Bodley

Memoir 7

Festschrift in Honor of Max G. Pavesic (Journal of Northwest Anthropology)
By Susan Pengilly, Robert M. Yohe II, Carolynne L. Merrell, Keo Boreson, Dana Komen, Daniel Meatte, Thomas J. Green, Suanne J. Miller, Lori K. Schiess

JONA Special Reprints

The editors of the Journal of Northwest Anthropology invited twenty-five colleagues to share their perspectives on anthropological writing and publishing in an essay format. The purpose was to collect experiences, insights, and suggestions from experienced authors to assist other professionals in writing and publishing their own research. Nineteen of those invited accepted the challenge. The group includes academic and practicing anthropologists, archaeologists, and ecologists. Collectively, the group has written or co-written more than 150 books, 150 chapters in books, and more than 1,100 articles in professional journals. The essays contain personal writing-related anecdotes and philosophies, describe the changes occurring in the publishing industry, explore the benefits that can accrue from writing, and provide tips to improve one’s writing to increase the chances of getting published.

A special reprint of JONA Vol. 40(1), Tahoma Legends discusses the relationship that two American cultures, the Indian and non-Indian, have developed to the mountain, and how each has adapted its own legends to incorporate elements of the other culture. This work presents a collection of these legends, derived from a variety of anthropological, historical, and popular sources.

The legends are discussed in the context of two different cultural settings, one that calls the mountain Tahoma, the other Mount Rainier.