This book is an extended enquiry into those ideas which were desirable, those which were accepted and those which were rejected as criteria which could influence size, kin composition, temporal persistence, relative exogamy and recruitment in Northern Athapaskan local groups.
1. Introduction 2. Cultural Diversity in Northwestern North America 3. Beaver And Sla Vey Principles of Group Formation 4. Early Fur Trade Impacts on the Beaver and Slavey 5. Beaver and Slavey Social Systems in the Early Fur Trade 6. Northern Athapaskan Socioeconomic Variability 7. Toward Northern Athapaskan Prehistory 8. Reflections on a Theoretical Prehistory