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Tending the Wild

Tending the Wild Author Kat Anderson
ISBN-10 0520248511
Release 2006
Pages 526
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Demonstrates how Native American knowledge and uses of California's natural resources can contribute to contemporary conservation efforts, exploring the land management practices that Native Americans recall from their grandparents, such as how and when areas were burned, which plants were eaten and which were used for basketry, and how plants were tended. Original.

Forgotten Fires

Forgotten Fires Author Omer C. Stewart
ISBN-10 0806140372
Release 2009-02-01
Pages 364
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How North American Indians shaped and renewed the land long before Europeans arrived

California Indians and Their Environment

California Indians and Their Environment Author Kent G. Lightfoot
ISBN-10 9780520256903
Release 2009-04-24
Pages 493
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"Relevant, timely, and approachable, California Indians and Their Environment is an instant classic that should be invaluable for anyone interested in California's diverse natural and cultural landscapes and the future sustainability of the state."—Torben Rick, author of Human Impacts on Ancient Marine Ecosystems: A Global Perspective "California Indians and Their Environment stands respectfully on the shoulders of scholarly giants and demonstrates the cumulative power of cultural, historical, and scientific research. It is a remarkably inclusive and relevant text that is both highly informative of past indigenous life ways and identities and strikingly insightful into current environmental crises that confront us all."—Seth Mallios, author of The Deadly Politics of Giving: Exchange and Violence at Ajacan, Roanoke, and Jamestown "In this highly readable and insightful book, Lightfoot and Parrish show how the natural diversity of California not only influenced the contours of Indian lifeways, but was indeed augmented by burning and other practices, that were used to sustain indigenous economies. The ingenuity and skill with which California Indians managed and used natural resources underscores the need to infuse modern land-use policy with the knowledge of people whose ecological experiences in North America eclipse those of Euroamericans by a factor of forty."—Kenneth E. Sassaman, author of People of the Shoals: Stallings Culture of the Savannah River Valley "This book is a deeply informative and fascinating examination of California Indians' rich and complex relationship with the ecological landscape. Lightfoot and Parrish have thoroughly updated the classic book, The Natural World of the California Indians, with critical analysis of anthropological theory and methods and incorporation of indigenous knowledge and practices. It is a lucid, accessible book that tells an intriguing story for our modern times."—Melissa K. Nelson, San Francisco State University and President of The Cultural Conservancy "At once scholarly and accessible, this book is destined to be a classic. Framed around pressing environmental issues of concern to a broad range of Californians today, Lightfoot and Parrish provide an historical ecology of California's amazingly diverse environments, its biological resources, and the Native peoples who both adapted to and actively managed them."—Jon M. Erlandson, author of Early Hunter-Gatherers of the California Coast "California Indians and Their Environment fills a significant gap in our understanding of the first peoples of California. Lightfoot and Parrish take on the daunting task of synthesizing and expanding on our knowledge of indigenous land-management practices, sustainable economies, and the use of natural resources for food, medicine, and technological needs. This innovative and thought-provoking book is highly recommended to anyone who wants to learn more about the diverse traditions of California Indians."—Lynn Gamble, author of The Chumash World at European Contact "This innovative book moves understanding of the Native Peoples of California from the past to the future. The authors' insight into Native Californians as fire managers is an eye-opener to interpreting the ecological and cultural uniqueness of the region. Lightfoot and Parrish have provided the best introduction to Native California while at the same time advancing the best scholarship with an original synthesis. A rare feat!"—William Simmons, Brown University

Introduction to Water in California

Introduction to Water in California Author David Carle
ISBN-10 9780520962897
Release 2015-12-15
Pages 348
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This thoroughly engaging, concise book tells the story of California's most precious resource, tracing the journey of water in the state from the atmosphere to the snowpack to our faucets and foods. Along the way, we learn much about California itself as the book describes its rivers, lakes, wetlands, dams, and aqueducts and discusses the role of water in agriculture, the environment, and politics. Essential reading in a state facing the future with an overextended water supply, this fascinating book shows that, for all Californians, every drop counts. New to this updated edition: * Additional maps, figures, and photos * Expanded coverage of potential impacts to precipitation, snowpack, and water supply from climate change * Updated information about the struggle for water management and potential solutions * New content about sustainable groundwater use and regulation, desalination, water recycling, stormwater capture, and current proposals for water storage and diversion *Additional table summarizing water sources for 360 California cities and towns

Indian Summer

Indian Summer Author Thomas Jefferson Mayfield
ISBN-10 0930588649
Release 1993-01-01
Pages 125
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In 1850, six-year-old Thomas Jefferson Mayfield was adopted by the Choinumne Yokuts of California's San Joaquin Valley. For the next dozen years he slept in their houses, joined them on their daily rounds, and followed them on their annual expeditions by tule boat to Tulare Lake. He spoke their language, wore their style of dress, ate their foods, and in short, lived almost entirely like an Indian. The reminiscences he left behind are unique: the only known account by any outsider who lived among a California Indian people while they were still following their traditional ways. Rich in detail and anecdote, Indian Summer tells how the Choinumne built their houses, navigated their boats, hunted their game, and prepared their foods. It also provides a rare and welcome glimpse into the intimacies of daily life. Enlightening as well are descriptions of the natural landscape of the San Joaquin Valley in the 1850s--of the expansive flowery meadows, the lakes and sloughs, the great forests of valley oaks, the herds of antelope, the surge of salmon that fought their way up the rivers, the flight of geese and ducks that darkened the sky. Abounding in information that anthropologist John P. Harrington described as "rescued from oblivion," Indian Summer portrays with accuracy, zest, and insight the nearly lost and beautiful world of the Choinumne Yokuts and the valley in which they lived. --From publisher description.

The California Naturalist Handbook

The California Naturalist Handbook Author Greg de Nevers
ISBN-10 9780520274808
Release 2013-02-15
Pages 261
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The California Naturalist Handbook provides a fun, science-based introduction to California’s natural history with an emphasis on observation, discovery, communication, stewardship and conservation. It is a hands-on guide to learning about the natural environment of California. Subjects covered include California natural history and geology, native plants and animals, California’s freshwater resources and ecosystems, forest and rangeland resources, conservation biology, and the effects of global warming on California’s natural communities. The Handbook also discusses how to create and use a field notebook, natural resource interpretation, citizen science, and collaborative conservation and serves as the primary text for the California Naturalist Program.

Keeping it Living

Keeping it Living Author Douglas Deur
ISBN-10 0774812672
Release 2005
Pages 404
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Keeping It Living brings together some of the world'smost prominent specialists on Northwest Coast cultures to examinetraditional cultivation practices from Oregon to Southeast Alaska. Itexplores tobacco gardens among the Haida and Tlingit, managed camasplots among the Coast Salish of Puget Sound and the Strait of Georgia,estuarine root gardens along the central coast of British Columbia,wapato maintenance on the Columbia and Fraser Rivers, and tended berryplots up and down the entire coast. With contributions from a host of experts, Native American scholarsand elders, Keeping It Living documents practices ofmanipulating plants and their environments in ways that enhancedculturally preferred plants and plant communities. It describes howindigenous peoples of this region used and cared for over 300 speciesof plants, from the lofty red cedar to diminutive plants of backwaterbogs.

Grass games moon races

Grass games   moon races Author Jeannine Gendar
ISBN-10 UOM:39015048750403
Release 1995
Pages 125
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Lively and creative games have long been an integral part of California Indian life for children and adults alike. In this unique compilation, dozens of traditional games are described through personal accounts, anecdotes, historic and contemporary photographs, and drawings of gaming implements.

Oaks of California

Oaks of California Author
ISBN-10 MINN:31951D00905822X
Release 1991
Pages 184
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Oaks of California has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Oaks of California also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Oaks of California book for free.

Native American Ethnobotany

Native American Ethnobotany Author Daniel E. Moerman
ISBN-10 0881924539
Release 1998
Pages 927
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An extraordinary compilation of the plants used by North American native peoples for medicine, food, fiber, dye, and a host of other things. Anthropologist Daniel E. Moerman has devoted 25 years to the task of gathering together the accumulated ethnobotanical knowledge on more than 4000 plants. More than 44,000 uses for these plants by various tribes are documented here. This is undoubtedly the most massive ethnobotanical survey ever undertaken, preserving an enormous store of information for the future.

Do Glaciers Listen

Do Glaciers Listen Author Julie Cruikshank
ISBN-10 9780774851404
Release 2007-10-01
Pages 328
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Do Glaciers Listen? explores the conflicting depictions of glaciers to show how natural and cultural histories are objectively entangled in the Mount Saint Elias ranges. This rugged area, where Alaska, British Columbia, and the Yukon Territory now meet, underwent significant geophysical change in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, which coincided with dramatic social upheaval resulting from European exploration and increased travel and trade among Aboriginal peoples. European visitors brought with them varying conceptions of nature as sublime, as spiritual, or as a resource for human progress. They saw glaciers as inanimate, subject to empirical investigation and measurement. Aboriginal oral histories, conversely, described glaciers as sentient, animate, and quick to respond to human behaviour. In each case, however, the experiences and ideas surrounding glaciers were incorporated into interpretations of social relations. Focusing on these contrasting views during the late stages of the Little Ice Age (1550-1900), Cruikshank demonstrates how local knowledge is produced, rather than discovered, through colonial encounters, and how it often conjoins social and biophysical processes. She then traces how the divergent views weave through contemporary debates about cultural meanings as well as current discussions about protected areas, parks, and the new World Heritage site. Readers interested in anthropology and Native and northern studies will find this a fascinating read and a rich addition to circumpolar literature.

Lands of Promise and Despair

Lands of Promise and Despair Author Rose Marie Beebe
ISBN-10 9780806153575
Release 2015-08-28
Pages 528
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This copious collection of reminiscences, reports, letters, and documents allows readers to experience the vast and varied landscape of early California from the viewpoint of its inhabitants. What emerges is not the Spanish California depicted by casual visitors—a culture obsessed with finery, horses, and fandangos—but an ever-shifting world of aspiration and tragedy, pride and loss. Conflicts between missionaries and soldiers, Indians and settlers, friends and neighbors spill from these pages, bringing the ferment of daily life into sharp focus.

Indians Fire and the Land in the Pacific Northwest

Indians  Fire  and the Land in the Pacific Northwest Author Robert Boyd (Ph. D.)
ISBN-10 0870714597
Release 1999
Pages 313
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Early explorers to the Pacific Northwest expected to encounter a land of dense forests. Instead, their writings reveal that they were often surprised to discover spacious meadows, prairies, & open spaces. Far from a pristine wilderness, much of the Northwest landscape was actively managed & shaped by the hands of its Native American inhabitants. Their primary tool was fire. During more than 10,000 years of occupation, Native Americans in the Northwest learned the intricacies of their local environments & how to use fire to create desired effects, mostly in the quest for food. The essays collected in this important volume summarize virtually everything that is currently known about Pacific Northwest Indian use of fire in the environment. The fourteen contributors bring to the discussion expertise in such areas as anthropology, environmental history, ethnohistory, ethnobotany, forestry, cultural ecology, & paleobotany. Drawing on historical journals, Native American informants, & botanical & forestry studies, the contributors describe local patterns of fire use in eight ecoregions, representing all parts of the Native Northwest, from southwest Oregon to British Columbia & from Puget Sound to the Northern Rockies. The essays provide glimpses into a unique understanding of the environment-a traditional ecological knowledge now for the most part lost. With these significant studies available in a single volume, one of the most important issues concerning Pacific Northwest Indians & their relationship to the land-environmental modification through the use of fire-can now be better understood by land managers, cultural anthropologists, environmental historians, ecologists, & other interested readers. Contents Introduction: Basic Issues; Regional Patterns; Background Research, Robert Boyd Aboriginal Control of Huckleberry Yield in the Northwest, David French Indian Land Use & Environmental Change: Island County, Washington: A Test Case, Richard White Indian Fires in the Northern Rockies: Ethnohistory & Ecology, Stephen Barrett & Stephen Arno The Klikitat Trail of South-Central Washington: A Reconstruction of Seasonally Used Resource Sites, Helen H. Norton, Robert Boyd, & Eugene Hunn Strategies of Indian Burning in the Willamette Valley, Robert Boyd An Ecological History of Old Prairie Areas in Southwestern Washington, Estella Leopold & Robert Boyd Yards, Corridors, & Mosaics: How to Burn a Boreal Forest, Henry Lewis & Theresa Ferguson "Time to Burn": Traditional Use of Fire to Enhance Resource Production by Aboriginal Peoples in British Columbia, Nancy Turner Landscape & Environment: Ecological Change in the Intermontane Northwest, William Robbins Aboriginal Burning for Vegetation Management in Northwest British Columbia, Leslie Johnson Burning for a "Fine & Beautiful Open Country": Native Uses of Fire in Southwestern Oregon, Jeff LaLande & Reg Pullen Protohistorical & Historical Spokan Prescribed Burning & Stewardship of Resource Areas, John Ross Conclusions: Ecological Lessons from Northwest Native Americans, Robert Boyd

Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West Cultural and Scientific Basis for Their Use

Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West   Cultural and Scientific Basis for Their Use Author Cecilia Garcia
ISBN-10 097630919X
Release 2012-09-10
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Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West Cultural and Scientific Basis for Their Use has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West Cultural and Scientific Basis for Their Use also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West Cultural and Scientific Basis for Their Use book for free.

The Tanoak Tree

The Tanoak Tree Author Frederica Bowcutt
ISBN-10 9780295805931
Release 2015-06-08
Pages 240
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Tanoak (Notholithocarpus densiflorus) is a resilient and common hardwood tree native to California and southwestern Oregon. People�s radically different perceptions of it have ranged from treasured food plant to cash crop to trash tree. Having studied the patterns of tanoak use and abuse for nearly twenty years, botanist Frederica Bowcutt uncovers a complex history of cultural, sociopolitical, and economic factors affecting the tree�s fate. Still valued by indigenous communities for its nutritious acorn nut, the tree has also been a source of raw resources for a variety of industries since white settlement of western North America. Despite ongoing protests, tanoaks are now commonly killed with herbicides in industrial forests in favor of more commercially valuable coast redwood and Douglas-fir. As one nontoxic alternative, many foresters and communities promote locally controlled, third-party certified sustainable hardwood production using tanoak, which doesn�t depend on clearcutting and herbicide use. Today tanoaks are experiencing massive die-offs due to sudden oak death, an introduced disease. Bowcutt examines the complex set of factors that set the stage for the tree�s current ecological crisis. The end of the book focuses on hopeful changes including reintroduction of low-intensity burning to reduce conifer competition for tanoaks, emerging disease resistance in some trees, and new partnerships among tanoak defenders, including botanists, foresters, Native Americans, and plant pathologists. Watch the book trailer:


California Author Kevin Starr
ISBN-10 9780812977530
Release 2007
Pages 370
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A definitive, single-volume history of the Golden State ranges from the earliest Native American cultures, through the Spanish and Mexican eras, the Gold Rush, and rise of Hollywood, to the twenty-first century, chronicling the events, places, and personalities that have shaped California. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

Chumash Ethnobotany

Chumash Ethnobotany Author Janice Timbrook
ISBN-10 1597140481
Release 2007
Pages 271
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From islands off the shore of Santa Barbara to the chaparral-covered mountains of the dry inland regions, the land of the Chumash is a storehouse of plants, an area of great biological richness and variety. Living intimately within this land for more than nine thousand years, the Chumash developed an intense and sophisticated relationship with the plants around them. They collected and processed nuts, seeds, berries, roots, leaves, twigs, shoots, and wood from which they created practically everything they needed to live, from medicines to weapons to decorative items.