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No longer are debates on these points merely of academic interest; Aboriginal and treaty rights claims often hinge on interpretations of these early records. Even more confusing is the fact that away from the coastal regions, the European presence in North America began to affect Native life long before Europeans and Natives actually met, primarily as a consequence of different tribes trading European goods among themselves, and the spread of European diseases. The fact that changes were taking place long before any actual contact with the intruders means that many of the earliest first-hand accounts do not give us an accurate idea of Aboriginal Canada in its undisturbed state, because the Native societies were already in transition.
Some of the country's wettest and driest climates are found here. The mountains along the coast, exposed to moistureladen westerly winds, are blanketed by dense rainforest, while the high windward slopes of the Rocky Mountains are clad in evergreen forests of spruce, fir, and pine. In contrast, the plateaux leeward of the coast ranges are more sparsely covered with grass and sagebrush. Nearly all the wildlife found east of the Rocky Mountains was also found here, except for the prairie buffalo, but the mountain goat, sea lion, and sea otter were, and still are, distinct to British Columbia.
It is clear from the commentary of other European observers that Indian women were not deferential to men. Political organization was very flexible. The people tended to follow natural leaders. Usually, the headman of a winter band was a superior hunter, married, and a WHEN Two WORLDS MET 21 Here the Indian is presented as a menacing savage armed with a traditional war club, a trade axe, and a musket. More puzzling are the undersized snowshoes the traveller is wearing with his summer dress. Iroquois allant a la decouverte: etching by J.