California Indians and Their Environment: An Introduction / Edition 1

California Indians and Their Environment: An Introduction / Edition 1

by Kent G. Lightfoot, Otis Parrish
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520256905

ISBN-13: 9780520256903

Pub. Date: 04/24/2009

Publisher: University of California Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520256903
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/24/2009
Series:
California Natural History Guides Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
1,163,305
Product dimensions:
7.24(w) x 4.58(h) x 1.31(d)

Table of Contents

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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