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Tending the wild [electronic resource] : Native American knowledge and the management of California's natural resources / M. Kat Anderson.

Author/Creator:
Anderson, Kat, 1955-
Publication:
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2005.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (557 p.)
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Subjects:
Indians of North America -- Agriculture -- California.
Indians of North America -- California -- History.
Human ecology -- California.
Nature -- Effect of human beings on -- California -- History.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
John Muir was an early proponent of a view we still hold today-that much of California was pristine, untouched wilderness before the arrival of Europeans. But as this groundbreaking book demonstrates, what Muir was really seeing when he admired the grand vistas of Yosemite and the gold and purple flowers carpeting the Central Valley were the fertile gardens of the Sierra Miwok and Valley Yokuts Indians, modified and made productive by centuries of harvesting, tilling, sowing, pruning, and burning. Marvelously detailed and beautifully written, Tending the Wild is an unparalleled examination of Native American knowledge and uses of California's natural resources that reshapes our understanding of native cultures and shows how we might begin to use their knowledge in our own conservation efforts. M. Kat Anderson presents a wealth of information on native land management practices gleaned in part from interviews and correspondence with Native Americans who recall what their grandparents told them about how and when areas were burned, which plants were eaten and which were used for basketry, and how plants were tended. The complex picture that emerges from this and other historical source material dispels the hunter-gatherer stereotype long perpetuated in anthropological and historical literature. We come to see California's indigenous people as active agents of environmental change and stewardship. Tending the Wild persuasively argues that this traditional ecological knowledge is essential if we are to successfully meet the challenge of living sustainably.
Contents:
Front matter
Contents
Illustrations
Tables
Preface
Note On Languages, Territories, And Names Of California Indian Tribes
Introduction
Part I. CALIFORNIA AT CONTACT
1. Wildlife, Plants, and People
2. Gathering, Hunting, and Fishing
3. The Collision of Worlds
4. Methods of Caring for the Land
5. Landscapes of Stewardship
6. Basketry
7. From Arrows to Weirs
8. California's Cornucopia
9. Plant Foods Aboveground
10. Plant Foods Belowground
11. Contemporary California Indian Harvesting and Management Practices
12. Restoring Landscapes with Native Knowledge
Coda: Indigenous Wisdom in the Modern World
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 411-470) and index.
ISBN:
1-282-35910-X
1-4237-3041-0
9786612359101
0-520-93310-9
1-59875-796-2
OCLC:
475951223
Publisher Number:
10.1525/9780520933101 doi