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Hunters of the Northern Forest: Designs for Survival Among the Alaskan Kutchin

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Boreal forest Indians like the Kutchin of east-central Alaska are among the few native Americans who still actively pursue a hunter's way of life. Yet even among these people hunting and gathering is vanishing so rapidly that it will soon disappear. This updated edition of Hunters of the Northern Forest stands as the only complete account of subsistence and survival among the Kutchin, capturing a final glimpse of a way of life at the crossroads of cultural development.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

I. The Study

1. Introduction

The Topic

The Method of Study

2. The Setting

The Western Kutchin

The Chalkyitsik Kutchin

The Country

The Annual Cycle

II. Hunting, Fishing, and Gathering

3. Vegetation and Its Uses

White Spruce

Deciduous Trees and Shrubs

Other Plants

4. Summer Travel: The Logistics of Hunting

Introduction

Hunting Canoes

River Boats

River Travel

Camping

5. Fish

Introduction

Hook and Line Fishing

Fish Traps

Netting

Ice Fishing

Uses of Fish

6. Birds

Introduction

Waterfowl

Grouse and Ptarmigan

Other Birds

7. Moose

Introduction

Moose and the Seasons

River Hunting

Winter and Spring Hunting

Moose Snaring

Uses of Moose

Caribou

8. Bears

Introduction

Snaring

Den Hunting

Spring and Summer Hunting

Danger from Bears

Uses of Bear

9. Small Game

Porcupine

Snowshoe Hare

Squirrels

III. Trapping

10. The Trappers

Introduction

The Trappers

The Season

Traplines

Cabins and Shelters

Trapping Productivity

11. Winter Travel: The Logistics of Trapping

Introduction

Dog Teams

The Snowmobile

Pathfinding

Snow Conditions

Ice Conditions

Weather Prediction

Effects of Wind and Cold

Winter Clothing

Frostbite and Freezing

12. Mink

Introduction

Locating Trap Sets

Trap-setting Methods

Checking Sets

Uses of Mink

13. Marten

Habitat and Season

Locating Trap Sets

Trap-setting Methods

Uses of Marten

14. Lynx

Introduction

Locating Trap Sets

Trap-setting Methods

Checking Traps

Snaring

Uses of Lynx

15. The Minor Fur Species

Introduction

Wolverine

Wolf

Red Fox

Otter

16. Beaver

The Animal

Snaring

Uses of Beaver

17. Muskrat

The Animal

Trapping Methods

Hunting Techniques

Uses of Muskrat

IV. History and Retrospect

18. History, Environment, and Settlement Pattern

Traditional Settlement Pattern

The Fur-Trade Era

The Emergence of Villages

19. Retrospective, 1986

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226571812
Author:
Nelson, Richard K.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Nelson, Richard K.
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Native American Studies - Tribes
Subject:
Hunting
Subject:
Trapping
Subject:
Kutchin Indians.
Subject:
Indians of North America -- Trapping -- Alaska.
Subject:
Gwich'in Indians
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies - Tribes
Subject:
Gwich'in Indians - Hunting
Subject:
Gwich'in Indians - Trapping
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
2
Series Volume:
no. 3
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 halftones, 11 line drawings, 2 maps
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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