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The moderate temperatures on the Pacific coast of British Columbia where different cultural groups lived including the Haida Tsimshian Tlingit Nishga Gitksan Nishga Nvxalk Heiltsuk Kwakiutl Nuu-Chah-Nulth and the Coast Salish Each group had their own unique lifestyles and spiritual beliefs which where going to discuss today This was depended on their surroundings of an area which judged the lifestyle of the native peoples living in that region Firstly the Northwest Coast peoples lifestyle was decided by their surroundings Five significant components consisted of food clothing tools housing and transportation First of all housing was necessary because it provided shelter from British Columbias wet climate The Haida of the Northwest Coast lived in huge cedar houses These houses were about 8 metres high 9-12 metres wide and 45 metres long The houses were built by large cedar poles with massive planks placed into the frames to make the walls and roof As many as two hundred people could live in one of the cedar houses Inside the building raised a platform all around the walls which made the sleeping area Second of all food was very important because it provided nutrition for the people For the Tlingit and the other tribes of the Northwest Coast the ocean was the major source of food providing salmon herring crabs oysters clams muscles seaweed and other types of fish The Nvxalk tribe also picked cranberries huckle berries and blue berries They stored the berries in oil to keep them from spoiling Third of all clothing was an essential component because it provided warmth from the climate of British Columbias coast The Nuu-Chah-Nulths tribe both male and female wore woven bark and root hats that
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