ARCHAEO RESEARCH has conducted numerous Traditional Use Studies (TUS) which identify cultural areas, either on land or water, which
hold traditional significance for a cultural group.
Traditional Use Studies recognize the importance of identifying and evaluating cultural
areas, from an archaeological, anthropological, ethnographic and historical point of view, for the purpose of resource management planning.
Through the TUS process, historical and cultural information is collected and mapped for use by the cultural group being studied as well as by
Traditional and cultural areas are generally defined as those used by one or more aboriginal groups for a variety of
different activities, and may or may not contain physical or archaeological evidence of that use.
These traditional sites, whether or not
they continue to be used today, maintain a cultural significance to a living community of people in the form of their beliefs, customs and
practices of land use as passed down to them through the generations.
These locations are associated with cultural history, resource
activities and other traditional, economic and artistic practices.
Recent projects include:
TRADITIONAL USE STUDY INVENTORY: A database inventory of existing Traditional Use Studies and Cultural Heritage Overview
Assessments conducted in B.C. since 1987 and prepared for the Ministry of Forests, Aboriginal Affairs Branch, Victoria, B.C., Canada. The
database can be accessed via the Internet at
PACHEEDAHT FIRST NATION, LITTLE ZEBALLOS WATERSHED, WESTERN EHATTESAHT, HEBER LANDS AND TSILHQOT'IN NATIONAL
GOVERNMENT TRADITIONAL USE STUDIES:
Five multifaceted ethnographic and historical traditional land and resource use studies conducted on the west coast of Vancouver Island and
the interior of British Columbia, Canada.