California Indians and Their Environment An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0520256905

ISBN-13: 9780520256903

Edition: 2009

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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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Book details

List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 4/24/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Rethinking California Indians
Why California Indians Matter
The Central Role of Fire Waves of Migrations
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
Introduction
Northwest Coast Province Central Coast Province South Coast Province
Northwest Coast Province Great Central Valley/Sierra Nevada Province
Southern Deserts Province
Notes
Bibliography
Art Credits
Index
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