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California Indians and their environment [electronic resource] : an introduction / Kent G. Lightfoot and Otis Parrish ; contributions by Lee M. Panich ... [et al.].

Author/Creator:
Lightfoot, Kent G., 1953-
Publication:
Berkeley : University of California Press, 2009.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (513 p.)
Series:
California natural history guides ; 96.
California natural history guide series ; no. 96
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Subjects:
Indians of North America -- California -- Social life and customs.
Indians of North America -- Hunting -- California.
Hunting and gathering societies -- California.
Human ecology -- California -- History.
Indigenous peoples -- Ecology -- California.
California -- Environmental conditions -- History.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
Capturing the vitality of California's unique indigenous cultures, this major new introduction incorporates the extensive research of the past thirty years into an illuminating, comprehensive synthesis for a wide audience. Based in part on new archaeological findings, it tells how the California Indians lived in vibrant polities, each boasting a rich village life including chiefs, religious specialists, master craftspeople, dances, feasts, and ceremonies. Throughout, the book emphasizes how these diverse communities interacted with the state's varied landscape, enhancing its already bountiful natural resources through various practices centered around prescribed burning. A handy reference section, illustrated with more than one hundred color photographs, describes the plants, animals, and minerals the California Indians used for food, basketry and cordage, medicine, and more. At a time when we are grappling with the problems of maintaining habitat diversity and sustainable economies, we find that these native peoples and their traditions have much to teach us about the future, as well as the past, of California.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Preface
Acknowledgments
VISUAL GUIDE TO NATURAL RESOURCES
CALIFORNIA INDIAN USES OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Notes
General References
Resource References by Region and Type
Art Credits
Index
More Advance Praise
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contributor:
Parrish, Otis.
Panich, Lee M.
ISBN:
1-280-99554-8
9786613767158
0-520-94228-0
OCLC:
799766966
Publisher Number:
10.1525/9780520942288 doi