An Ethnographic Assessment of Some Cultural Landscapes in Southern Wyoming and Idaho (Journal of Northwest Anthropology, Memoir)

 
9781511434638: An Ethnographic Assessment of Some Cultural Landscapes in Southern Wyoming and Idaho (Journal of Northwest Anthropology, Memoir)

"An Ethnographic Assessment of Some Cultural Landscapes in Southern Wyoming and Idaho" addresses one of the most challenging aspects in federal and state land management today: how to address the effects of major energy projects on large land masses that are sacred to American Indians. Despite decades of assessments conducted under the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act, the importance of cultural landscapes to tribes continues to be overlooked by scholars, recreationists, commercial interests, and some state and federal agencies. Drawing on ethnographic information secured from cultural experts and tribal elders of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation, Dr. Walker and his colleagues document and describe the importance and inter-relatedness of thirty-five cultural landscapes. In giving voice to these landscapes, the authors demonstrate why new approaches for addressing project effects are needed to meet the needs of the people whose future is dependent on such landscapes. Part I is a review of published literature concerning cultural landscapes previously recorded by anthropologists and other scholars in southern Wyoming and Idaho. Part I shows how the landscape and its many parts are central to the lives of the people, past, present, and future, in ways that non-Indians typically cannot fully appreciate. Part II contains a photo log of 269 photos of the cultural landscapes noted by tribal elders and cultural experts. Ethnographic interviews focused on both the past and present uses of these cultural landscapes by tribal members, including their locations, histories of use, purposes, and various cultural resources each may contain.

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About the Author:

Deward E. Walker, Jr. has authored more than 200 publications, technical reports, and reviews dealing with anthropology and tribal cultures of western North America. He specializes in various topics of direct interest and relevance to contemporary tribes for whom he frequently serves as an expert witness. As part of a larger commitment to anthropology he has served as editor of the Plateau volume of the Handbook of North American Indians and several academic journals. He is also vice-president of Walker Research Group, Ltd. and has held academic professorships at George Washington University, Washington State University, the University of Idaho, and the University of Colorado, Boulder. Pamela Graves has an M.A. in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has served as a Research Associate for Walker Research Group, Ltd. since 2001. She has assisted in research projects including tribal fishing, religious freedom, treaty-reserved rights, and other projects of Walker Research Group, Ltd. She has also published more than a dozen short stories in many online and printed small-press magazines. Joe Ben Walker was introduced to many American Indian tribes as a child and has conducted research with many tribes through Walker Research Group, Ltd. He has recently served as a ethnographic research assistant and archaeologist specializing in conducting field interviews and CRM surveys. He is a Fort Lewis College alumnus with a B.A. in anthropology and has been admitted to Northern Arizona University to pursue graduate study in applied anthropology. He continues to work cooperatively with various tribes. Daniel J. Hutchison graduated from Colorado State University in 1974 with a B.A. in anthropology. His specialization over the past 40 years has been historic preservation and interpretation of the physical evidence and landmarks important to both past and present populations. He has also served as a BLM specialist in cultural resource management and historic research. He is also the author of Emigrant Trails of Southern Idaho. He is currently semi-retired, but is continuing a part-time career in providing specialized flight instruction for night vision goggles based in part on his service as a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam conflict.

Review:

...It's a book with many excellent qualities...There's a great deal of...food for thought, and good references to pursue for further research and application....The book provides a useful though probably not comprehensive typology of cultural landscape types in Southern Wyoming and Idaho....I recommend Cultural Landscapes, and expect to get a lot of use out of it myself.
 
Tom King

See the full review at Tom King's CRM Plus blogcrmplus.blogspot.com/2015/06/review-of-ethnographic-assessment-of.html

I've read the book and greatly enjoyed taking in the tremendous grasp of the sociopolitical-economic-cultural values and customary interactions lived out by Native American groups living across this region....The book provides a multidimensional and multi-layered historical panorama that is nothing like that yielded by the usual arrangement of geographical/spatial/temporal boxes that we archaeologists (and many ethnologists) have used as descriptive devices, which...greatly obscure the actual social/economic/ historical  dynamics of a region.  
Mel AikenProfessor EmeritusUniversity of Oregon

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