Seeking the Sacred Raven: Politics and Extinction on a Hawaiian Island

Seeking the Sacred Raven: Politics and Extinction on a Hawaiian Island

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by Mark Jerome Walters
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1559630906

ISBN-13: 9781559630900

Pub. Date: 06/10/2006

Publisher: Island Press


Will the 'Alala ever return to the wild? A bird sacred to Hawaiians and a member of the raven family, the 'Alala today survives only in captivity. How the species once flourished, how it has been driven to near-extinction, and how people struggled to save it, is the gripping story of Seeking the Sacred Raven.

For years, author Mark Jerome Walters

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Will the 'Alala ever return to the wild? A bird sacred to Hawaiians and a member of the raven family, the 'Alala today survives only in captivity. How the species once flourished, how it has been driven to near-extinction, and how people struggled to save it, is the gripping story of Seeking the Sacred Raven.

For years, author Mark Jerome Walters has tracked the sacred bird's role in Hawaiian culture and the indomitable 'Alala's sad decline. Trekking through Hawaii's rain forests high on Mauna Loa, talking with biologists, landowners, and government officials, he has woven an epic tale of missed opportunities and the best intentions gone awry. A species that once numbered in the thousands is now limited to about 50 captive birds.

Seeking the Sacred Raven is as much about people and culture as it is about failed policies. From the ancient Polynesians who first settled the island, to Captain Cook in the 18th century, to would-be saviors of the 'Alala in the 1990s, individuals with conflicting passions and priorities have shaped Hawaii and the fate of this dwindling cloud-forest species.

Walters captures brilliantly the internecine politics among private landowners, scientists, environmental groups, individuals and government agencies battling over the bird's habitat and protection. It's only one species, only one bird, but Seeking the Sacred Raven illustrates vividly the many dimensions of species loss, for the human as well as non-human world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559630900
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
06/10/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,256,524
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Prologue
 
PART I. Beginning in Deep Darkness
Chapter 1. Mountain of Emerald Light
Chapter 2. In the Beginning
Chapter 3. Captain Cook
Chapter 4. For Love of the Gods
Chapter 5. Paniolo, Hoku, and Mahoa
Chapter 6. Searching for the ‘Alala
Chapter 7. The Raven-Warrior
Chapter 8. Abundance and Loss
Chapter 9. ‘Umi's Children
 
PART II. Night Dawning Yesterday
Chapter 10. Escape to Captivity
Chapter 11. Mountain of Sorrow
Chapter 12. Barbara Churchill Lee
Chapter 13. The Bird Catcher
Chapter 14. Scientists to the Rescue
Chapter 15. Kapu
Chapter 16. Yahoo! 
Chapter 17. Helicopter Dreams
Chapter 18. Ali‘i Neo
Chapter 19. Guardian Spirits 
 
PART III. Last Light
Chapter 20. Hope—At Last
Chapter 21. A Cruel Kindness
Chapter 22. Dead Ravens Flying
Chapter 23. The ‘Alala from Hell 
Chapter 24. Regrets
Chapter 25. Heart of Koa
Chapter 26. Kahuna ‘Alala 
Chapter 27. Broken Home
Chapter 28. Quagmire
Chapter 29. Last Light
 
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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