California Indians and Their Environment An Introduction
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Description: 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.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
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Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 4/24/2009
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.25" long x 1.25" tall
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|A Landscape of Unparalleled Diversity|
|The Uniqueness of California|
|The First Fire Managers|
|They Are Not Farmers Where We Go from Here|
|Visual Guide to Natural Resources|
|A Guide to California Indian Uses of Natural Resources|
|Northwest Coast Province Central Coast Province South Coast Province|
|Northwest Coast Province Great Central Valley/Sierra Nevada Province|
|Southern Deserts Province|