By Les Field

ISBN-10: 0822342162

ISBN-13: 9780822342168

ISBN-10: 0822342332

ISBN-13: 9780822342335

For local peoples of California, the abalone discovered alongside the state’s coast have remarkably advanced value as foodstuff, spirit, narrative image, tradable commodity, and fabric with which to make adornment and sacred regalia. the big mollusks additionally symbolize modern struggles surrounding cultural identification and political sovereignty. Abalone Tales, a collaborative ethnography, offers varied views at the multifaceted fabric and symbolic relationships among abalone and the Ohlone, Pomo, Karuk, Hupa, and Wiyot peoples of California. The study schedule, analyses, and writing innovations have been decided via collaborative relationships among the anthropologist Les W. box and local members and groups. a number of of those contributors contributed written texts or oral tales for inclusion within the book.

Tales approximately abalone and their old and modern meanings are similar by way of box and his coauthors, who contain the chair and different contributors of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe; some extent area Pomo elder; the chair of the Wiyot tribe and her sister; numerous Hupa Indians; and a Karuk pupil, artist, and performer. Reflecting the divergent views of assorted local teams and folks, the tales and analyses belie any presumption of a unmarried, unified indigenous knowing of abalone. even as, they make clear abalone’s function in cultural revitalization, struggles over territory, tribal appeals for federal popularity, and connections between California’s local teams. whereas California’s abalone are at risk of extinction, their symbolic strength seems to surpass even the environmental crises affecting the state’s weak coastline.

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