What made the houses and canoes of the Xaadas so remarkable was the relative primitive character of their implements. They chopped down the huge cedars, hewed out planks so smooth that they appeared sawed, and shaped their canoe with tools no better than wooden wedges and jade shafted axes, adzes and hammers of polished basalt and jade. Other native stone implements include mortars and pestles, scrapers, and knives. When a new house was built, huge logs (house beams) were lifted into place without winches or other lifting tackle. One beam could weigh up to 2 tons.
Sourced from Snewaylh Co-op Radio, May 15, 2012.