Royal British Columbia Museum

The vast majority of evidence for the use of copper in British Columbia prior to the arrival of Europeans, and so presumably native copper, comes from the southern portion of the province. Due to the high value First Nations people placed on copper during the Maritime Fur Trade, this trade item was quickly spread far and wide in the region. Copper artifacts from contexts that are not securely dated to before the arrival of Europeans, such as the large tubes in the Harris collection, are most likely made of industrial copper from Europe or elsewhere that was traded for furs.

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