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Cultural Values

In the past, karst played a significant role in the lives of many aboriginal peoples:

Cave pictograph
  • Caves were often used for shelter, burial sites, and ceremonial purposes and karst springs were viewed as having special properties.
  • The large trees produced on karst sites were important sources of construction material (dugouts, construction materials, totem poles etc.). Karst sites were also a source of shrubs and herbs used for food and medicines.

  • Many present-day aboriginal cultures continue to value karst for ancestral, heritage and cultural reasons.

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