Abalone Tales: Collaborative Explorations of Sovereignty and by Les Field

By Les Field

For local peoples of California, the abalone discovered alongside the state’s coast have remarkably complicated importance as meals, spirit, narrative image, tradable commodity, and fabric with which to make adornment and sacred regalia. the massive mollusks additionally characterize modern struggles surrounding cultural id and political sovereignty. Abalone Tales, a collaborative ethnography, provides diversified views at the multifaceted fabric and symbolic relationships among abalone and the Ohlone, Pomo, Karuk, Hupa, and Wiyot peoples of California. The learn schedule, analyses, and writing concepts have been made up our minds via collaborative relationships among the anthropologist Les W. box and local participants and groups. numerous 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 through box and his coauthors, who comprise the chair and different contributors of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe; some degree area Pomo elder; the chair of the Wiyot tribe and her sister; a number of Hupa Indians; and a Karuk student, artist, and performer. Reflecting the divergent views of varied local teams and folks, the tales and analyses belie any presumption of a unmarried, unified indigenous realizing of abalone. while, they make clear abalone’s function in cultural revitalization, struggles over territory, tribal appeals for federal acceptance, and connections between California’s local teams. whereas California’s abalone are at risk of extinction, their symbolic energy looks to surpass even the environmental crises affecting the state’s susceptible coastline.

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