Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California's Natural Resources

Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California's Natural Resources


John Muir used to be an early proponent of a view we nonetheless carry today—that a lot of California used to be pristine, untouched barren region earlier than the coming of Europeans. yet as this groundbreaking e-book demonstrates, what Muir used to be rather seeing while he popular the grand vistas of Yosemite and the gold and crimson vegetation carpeting the imperative Valley have been the fertile gardens of the Sierra Miwok and Valley Yokuts Indians, converted and made efficient via centuries of harvesting, tilling, sowing, pruning, and burning. Marvelously particular and fantastically written, Tending the Wild is an extraordinary exam of local American wisdom and makes use of of California's traditional assets that reshapes our figuring out of local cultures and exhibits how we would start to use their wisdom in our personal conservation efforts.

M. Kat Anderson provides a wealth of knowledge on place of origin administration practices gleaned partly from interviews and correspondence with local american citizens who remember what their grandparents informed them approximately how and whilst components have been burned, which vegetation have been eaten and that have been used for basketry, and the way vegetation have been tended. The complicated photo that emerges from this and different old resource fabric dispels the hunter-gatherer stereotype lengthy perpetuated in anthropological and ancient literature. We come to determine California's indigenous humans as energetic brokers of environmental switch and stewardship. Tending the Wild persuasively argues that this conventional ecological wisdom is key if we're to effectively meet the problem of dwelling sustainably.
 

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