Rivers, Fish, and the People: Tradition, Science, and Historical Ecology of Fisheries in the American West
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America's western rivers are under assault, as development, pollution, climate change, and invasive species take a toll on the health and viability of river ecosystems. Returning these ecosystems to the time of European contact is often the stated goal for restoration efforts, but deeper evolutionary relationships and the influence of indigenous societies on rivers are not well understood.
This volume presents a unique synthesis of scientific discoveries and traditional knowledge about the ecology of iconic river species of the American West. Building from a foundation in fisheries biology and life history about key species, Rivers, Fish, and the People reveals linkages between natural and cultural evolutionary relationships and describes time-tested Nature resource management techniques by drawing from original ethnographic and archaeological sources.
From British Columbia to the Columbia Plateau, and from the Snake River Plain to the Sacramento River Delta, researchers and Native peoples are disseminating scientific information and traditional knowledge while safeguarding heritage values and ensuring relevancy, helping to lay out a pathway for further research. This approach broadens and deepens the state of our knowledge and establishes a basis for future collaborations between scientists and Native stakeholders as they create shared goals and a healthy outlook for river ecosystems.
University of Utah Press
Salt Lake City
Yu, Pei-Lin, "Rivers, Fish, and the People: Tradition, Science, and Historical Ecology of Fisheries in the American West" (2015). Faculty Authored Books. 426.