Archaeological Excavation

Introduction to Archaeology
Rain Forest Vegetation
Buried Streams
Shell Middens
Food Cache
Dog Burial
Warrior Cache
Petroglyphs and Pictographs

Tsimshian Society and Culture

Tsimshian Villages

Archaeological Excavation

Dog Burial

Dog Burial - 
CD94-635-027 - S75-1445 When a chief died, the villagers chose a dog that would be possessed by the chief's soul. The soul wandered throughout the heavens for several years, but when it returned to visit the village, it inhabited the body of the dog. Everyone in the village knew that particular dog was carrying the chief's soul. When the dog died, it was given the same burial that a human would receive.