The plant life Of the region about Yakutat Bay is characterized by the dense and Vigorous growth of a comparatively Small number of species, giving the forests especially an appearance of great sameness.
The almost level country lying on the eastern side of the bay, between Ocean Cape and the foothills of the mountains, is covered with a forest growth practically impenetrable. The great amount of fallen timber, together with the tangled and heavy undergrowth, constitute such obstacles to travel that even the Indians, who have lived here many years, have never penetrated the forests of the mainland for a mile from their own village. The great bulk of this forest is composed of the Sitka spruce (picea sitchensis), which in this region reaches a height of 70 feet. This tree extends from sea level to an altitude of feet on the sides of Mount Tebenkof; but as one follows the coast line up the bay from this mountain, the upper limit becomes lower and lower, until at the entrance of Disenchantment Bay it reaches sea level, the tree not being found on the shores of this bay. A large forest lies along Dalton Creek, and there are several of considerable extent between this place and Point Manby.
The timber of the spruce tree plays a most important part in the economy of the natives, as from it are constructed their houses and canoes, and it is used in the manufacture of oil crates, bows, arrows, and other implements, while the smaller roots, after being boiled and Split, are used in basket weaving.
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Publisher - Forgotten Books
Language - English
Author(s) - Frederick Vernon Coville
Published Date - August 26 2019
ISBN - 9780484815246
Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.5 cm
Page Count - 39
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