Louisiana’s Chenier Plain is a 2,200-square-mile region of marshes and oak-covered ridges (cheniers) that stretches along the Gulf of Mexico from Sabine Lake to Vermilion Bay. Its inhabitants, some 6,000 people of Cajun and other ancestries, retain strong economic and cultural ties to the land and its teeming wildlife. They call it paradise . . . but it is a vulnerable paradise. In this multifaceted study, Gay Gomez explores the interaction of the land, people, and wildlife of the Chenier Plain, revealing both the uniqueness of the region and the challenges it faces.
After describing the geography and history of the Chenier Plain, Gomez turns to the lifeways of its people. Drawing on their words and stories, she tells how the chenier dwellers combine modern occupations with traditional pursuits such as alligator and waterfowl hunting, fur trapping, and fishing. She shows how these traditions of wildlife use provide both economic incentives for conservation and a source of personal and place identity. This portrait of a "working wetland" reveals how wildlife use and appreciation can give rise to a stewardship that balances biological, economic, and cultural concerns in species and habitat protection.
Gomez's wonderful book documents the interplay of humans with Louisiana's coastal wetlands, especially the Chenier Plain, through the seasons...An interesting book that should help promote the value and appreciation of wetlands.
Geography professor Gomez explores the interaction of the land, people, and wildlife of the 2,200-square-mile region of marshes and oak-covered ridges (cheniers) of Louisiana. After discussing the geography and history of the area, she tells how the chenier dwellers combine modern occupations with traditional pursuits and examines how traditions of wildlife use provide both economic incentives for conservation and a source of personal and place identity. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Preface and Acknowledgments
1. Comprehending the Complete Wetland
2. Chenier Journeys
3. Cycles and Seasons
8. Wetlands, Wildlife, and People
Appendix 1. Common Fauna and Flora of the Louisiana Chenier Plain
Appendix 2. Alligator Research Conducted at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge