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Northwest Coast Archaeology

Thursday, Dec. 06, 2012

The next activity at Utah State University’s Museum of Anthropology and its Saturdays at the Museum series takes a look at the archeology of the Northwest Coast region and its native people.

The stories behind totem poles, canoes and salmon fishing are in the spotlight at the Dec. 8 activities. In hands-on activities, you museum visitors can learn about the culture as they make their own totem poles.

A special exhibit of the museum’s Northwest Coast collection is highlighted throughout the day.

“The Northwest Coast is a very important area that is often over looked,” said Prairie Fox, museum worker. “Yet many different peoples called the area home and have provided us with a plethora of artifacts from different time periods that we are aware of through the archaeological record.”

In addition to the Saturdays at the Museum activity series with its 10 a.m.-4 p.m. hours, community members and USU students alike can visit the museum during its standard operating hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Funding for Saturday events is provided by a grant from the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services. More information about the IMLS is available online (

The USU Museum of Anthropology is on the USU campus in the south turret of the historic Old Main building, Room 252. Admission is free. For Saturday activities, free parking is available in the adjacent lot, south of the building.

For more information about museum events, call museum staff at (435) 797-7545 or visit the museum website.

The Museum of Anthropology is part of the Anthropology Program at USU in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Related links:

USU Anthropology Program   

USU Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology  

USU College of Humanities and Social Sciences  

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