Optimal Foraging Approaches to Prehistoric Salmon Fishing on the Snake River Plain: The Ecological Dynamics of Trade-Offs and Strategic Responses
Anthropologists and historians have long presumed that indigenous peoples of the Snake River Plain procured large quantities of salmon for winter storage and that the abundance of these anadromous fish populations were the basis for the emergence of village life on the plain.
An examination of biological and ecological factors influenencing fish populations as well as archaeological data, suggest that while anadromous species were procured they were most likely only seasonally supplemental to the diet.
What appears to be a recent temporal use of salmon is considered in regard to the early Euro-American use of the Snake River corridor and to tribal claims regarding fishing rights.
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