University of Alaska Press announces the release of two new books: Gwich’in Athabascan Implements: History, Manufacture, and Usage According to Reverend David Salmon by Thomas A. O’Brien and The Archaeology of North Pacific Fisheries edited by Madonna L. Moss and Aubrey Cannon.
About Gwich’in Athabascan Implements
The most detailed and well-illustrated study of material culture for any northern Athabascan language group to date, Gwich’in Athabascan Implements reproduces pre- and early post-contact tools that are historically important to the Athabascan people. A long-term collaboration between anthropologist Thomas O’Brien and Athabascan elder David Salmon, this volume provides more than forty one-to-one sketches of a wide variety of implements, many of which are no longer commonly in use.
Thomas A. O’Brien received an MA in anthropology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
About The Archaeology of North Pacific Fisheries
For thousands of years, fisheries were crucial to the sustenance of the First Peoples of the Pacific Coast. Yet human impact has left us with a woefully incomplete understanding of their histories prior to the industrial era. Covering Alaska, British Columbia, and Puget Sound, The Archaeology of North Pacific Fisheries illustrates how the archaeological record reveals new information about ancient ways of life and the histories of key species. Individual chapters cover salmon, as well as a number of lesser-known species abundant in archaeological sites, including pacific cod, herring, rockfish, eulachon, and hake. In turn, this ecological history informs suggestions for sustainable fishing in today’s rapidly changing environment.
Madonna L. Moss is professor of anthropology at the University of Oregon. Aubrey Cannon is professor of anthropology at McMaster University in Ontario.
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