Salmon: A Scientific Memoir

Show simple item record

dc.contributor.author Isabella, Jude
dc.date.accessioned 2013-08-28T17:57:03Z
dc.date.available 2014-05-04T11:22:05Z
dc.date.copyright 2013 en_US
dc.date.issued 2013-08-28
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/4854
dc.description.abstract The reason for this story was to investigate a narrative that is important to the identity of North America’s Pacific Northwest Coast – a narrative that revolves around wild salmon, a narrative that always seemed too simple to me, a narrative that gives salmon a mythical status, and yet what does the average person know about this fish other than it floods grocery stores in fall and tastes good. How do we know this fish that supposedly defines the natural world of this place? I began my research as a science writer, inspired by John Steinbeck’s The Log from the Sea of Cortez, in which he writes that the best way to achieve reality is by combining narrative with scientific data. So I went looking for a different story from the one most people read about in popular media, a story that’s overwhelmingly about conflict: I searched for a narrative that combines the science of what we know about salmon and a story of the scientists who study the fish, either directly or indirectly. I tried to follow Steinbeck’s example and include the narrative journeys we take in understanding the world around us, the journeys that rarely make it into scientific journals. I went on about eight field trips with biology, ecology, and archaeology lab teams from the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans onboard the Canadian Coast Guard Ship the W.E. Ricker, and an archaeological crew from the Laich-Kwil-Tach Treaty Society in Campbell River, B.C. At the same time, I was reading a number of things, including a 1938 dissertation by anthropologist Homer Barnett from the University of Oregon titled The Nature and Function of the Potlatch, a 2011 book by economist Ronald Trosper at the University of Arizona, Resilience, Reciprocity and Ecological Economics, and works by psychologist Douglas Medin at Northwestern University and anthropologist Scott Atran at the University of Michigan, written over the past two decades, particular paying attention to their writings on taxonomy and folkbiology. My conclusions surprised me, a little. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Folk biology en_US
dc.subject Traditional knowledge en_US
dc.subject subsistence technology en_US
dc.subject historical ecology en_US
dc.subject potlatch en_US
dc.subject neo-indigenous en_US
dc.subject adaptive capacity en_US
dc.subject Kwakwaka'wakw en_US
dc.subject Stó:lō en_US
dc.subject Tla'amin en_US
dc.subject Heiltsuk en_US
dc.subject Coast Salish en_US
dc.subject Central Coast en_US
dc.subject creative non-fiction en_US
dc.subject clam gardens en_US
dc.subject fish traps en_US
dc.subject First Nations en_US
dc.subject Fisheries en_US
dc.subject Anthropology en_US
dc.title Salmon: A Scientific Memoir en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Nowell, April
dc.contributor.supervisor Leach, David
dc.degree.department Interdisciplinary Graduate Program en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0329 en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0324 en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0391 en_US

Files in this item

The following license files are associated with this item:

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

Search UVicSpace


My Account