Friesen's exploration of the linkages between social organization, world view, economy, technology, environment and landscape as they relate to the evolving world system of the Inuvialuit is broad in scope and a major contribution to Arctic scholarship.
—Canadian Journal of Archaeology
This volume represents a real advance in the analysis of hunter-gatherer intersocietal interaction.
Friesen presents an important and powerful demonstration of
an archaeological scientific hypothesis-testing methodology, and
he provides an excellent example of a problem-oriented approach
to archaeological practice. It should receive attention beyond the
confines of its regional content precisely for its rigorous theoretical
—Stephen Loring, co-editor of Honoring Our Elders: A History of Eastern Arctic Archaeology