Basketry from the Ozette Village Archaeological Site
Dr. Dale R. Croes, W.S.U. and PNWAS Director
When Dale Croes asked us to consider publishing Basketry from the Ozette Village Archaeological Site: A Technological, Functional, and Comparative Study, the decision was easy. Written 50 years ago to fulfill the dissertation requirement for Dale’s Ph.D. at Washington State University, it was scheduled to be published as Volume IV of the Ozette Archaeological Project Research Reports. But, for various reasons it never did appear, and the basketry information from this important site remained largely inaccessible.
Remarkably, however, for the past 50 years, Dale has continued researching Northwest basketry, building on the incredible dataset that launched his career by excavating and analyzing basketry from wet sites across the Pacific Northwest. The vision he described to us was a document that would keep the integrity of the original dissertation intact, but supplemented with new information—in the form of footnotes—from more than a dozen major wet site excavations conducted in British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. A little awkward perhaps (is there another document in existence with 268 footnotes, 232 figures, 43 tables, and 25 maps?), but in terms of anthropological value, a treasure.
How fortunate are the tribal and archaeological communities to have a major synthesis of Northwest basketry written by one of the few people on earth who could produce such a synthesis. When it comes to anthropological value, it doesn’t get much better than that, so our reply to Dale was an emphatic, “Yes, we would be honored to publish Volume IV of the Ozette Archaeological Project Research Reports.”
TIME: 7 pm to 9 pm
PLACE: Mountaineers Seattle Program Center, 7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115 in the Cascade Room
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