The Story of Hozomeen
Lead photo by Benjamin Drummond.
Near Ross Lake reservoir in North Cascades National Park stands Hozomeenâ€”a steep, jagged mountain that is the source of a locally abundant and distinctive tool stone, Hozomeen chert. This stone is found exclusively in the North Cascades range of Washington and British Columbia and was used by indigenous peoples. National Park Archaeologist Bob Mierendorf has studied quarries near the reservoir for nearly two decades, revealing a 10,000 year long record of indigenous use of this high-mountain landscape of the North Cascades.
In their latest work, documentary team Benjamin Drummond and Sara Joy Steele tell the story of Hozomeen chert and the interconnected history of the people and this place.