Archaeological Excavation

Tsimshian Society and Culture

Trade Routes
Transporting Trade Goods
Goods Obtained in Trade
Wealth and Rank
Men's Activities
Women's Activities

Tsimshian Villages

Tsimshian Society and Culture


Transporting Trade Goods

Boy using a tump-line - CD94-632-009 - 49308 Boy using a tump-line to carry a woven cedar backpack, ca. 1920.

Trade goods were carried overland by people and pack-dogs. A man could pack approximately 136 kg on his back in wooden boxes with a tump-line to his forehead, while a woman could pack about half that amount.

Horses used to transport goods were acquired through trade with other communities.

Sturdy bridges constructed over canyons and rapids along the trails made it easier to cross over these troublesome spots.

Suspension Bridge - CD94-632-012 - 60313 A Native-built suspension bridge at Hagwilget, near Hazelton, ca. 1924.

In winter weather, dogsleds were used to transport trade goods.