Indians, Fire, and the Land in the Pacific Northwest / Edition 1

Indians, Fire, and the Land in the Pacific Northwest / Edition 1

by Robert Boyd
     
 

ISBN-10: 0870714597

ISBN-13: 9780870714597

Pub. Date: 03/01/1999

Publisher: Oregon State University Press

This volume offers an interdisciplinary approach to one of the most important issues concerning Native Americans and their relationship to the land. During more than 10,000 years of occupation, Native Americans in the Northwest learned the intricacies of their local environments and how to use fire to create desired effects, mostly in the quest for food. Drawing on…  See more details below

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This volume offers an interdisciplinary approach to one of the most important issues concerning Native Americans and their relationship to the land. During more than 10,000 years of occupation, Native Americans in the Northwest learned the intricacies of their local environments and how to use fire to create desired effects, mostly in the quest for food. Drawing on historical journals, Native American informants, and botanical and forestry studies, the contributors to this book describe local patterns of fire use in eight ecoregions, representing all parts of the Native Northwest from southwest Oregon to British Columbia and from Puget Sound to the Northern Rockies. Their essays provide glimpses into a unique understanding of the environment - a traditional ecological knowledge now for the most part lost. Together, these writings also offer historical perspective on the contemporary debate over prescribed burning on public lands.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870714597
Publisher:
Oregon State University Press
Publication date:
03/01/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
313
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Aboriginal Control of Huckleberry Yield in the Northwest31
Indian Land Use and Environmental Change: Island County, Washington: A Case Study36
Indian Fires in the Northern Rockies: Ethnohistory and Ecology50
The Klikitat Trail of South-central Washington: A Reconstruction of Seasonally Used Resource Sites65
Strategies of Indian Burning in the Willamette Valley94
An Ecological History of Old Prairie Areas in Southwestern Washington139
Yards, Corridors, and Mosaics: How to Burn a Boreal Forest164
"Time to Burn": Traditional Use of Fire to Enhance Resource Production by Aboriginal Peoples in British Columbia185
Landscape and Environment: Ecological Change in the Intermontane Northwest219
Aboriginal Burning for Vegetation Management in Northwest British Columbia238
Burning for a "Fine and Beautiful Open Country": Native Uses of Fire in Southwestern Oregon255
Proto-historical and Historical Spokan Prescribed Burning and Stewardship of Resource Areas277
Conclusion: Ecological Lessons from Northwest Native Americans292
Contributors298
Index302

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