Japanese Shipwrecks

By Grant Keddie. August 2013. Japanese Shipwrecks in British Columbia – Myths and Facts The Question of Cultural Exchanges with the Northwest Coast of America.  Arguments have been presented by Quimby (1989; 1985; 1948) and other proponents going back 135 years ago (Anderson 1863) that Aboriginal Cultures of the Northwest Coast have been strongly influenced by the effects of Japanese shipwrecks. If iron from Japanese ships was available on a regular basis and ship survivors introduced even the occasional new idea – such as the development of a new fish net technology with a pronounced higher efficiency than pre-existing technology – the influence on aboriginal cultural may have been substantial. Determining the past existence and frequency of the landing of … Continue reading “Japanese Shipwrecks”