"One day while studying population maps with a colleague at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Nabhan recognized a surprising correlation between upheavals in human communities and the incidence of endangered species. Where massive in-migrations and exoduses were taking place, more plants and animals had become endangered. Locations with stable human populations sustained native wildlife more easily over the long term." "This revelation prompted Nabhan to spend the next three years studying relationships among cultural diversity, community stability, and conservation of biological diversity in natural habitats. He concentrated on "cultures of habitat," human communities with long histories of interacting with one particular kind of terrain and its wildlife." "Here the author of The Desert Smells Like Rain has combined the eye of an ethnobiologist with chronicles from "the Far Outside," that realm in which diverse natural habitats and indigenous cultures coexist. The result is a mosaic of essays that celebrates the vital connections between soul and space."--BOOK JACKET.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -338).
Prologue: Cultures of Habitat
Finding Ourselves in the Far Outside
Pledging Allegiance to All Sorts of Diversity
Missing the Boat: Why Cultural Diversity Didn't Make It onto the Ark
Sierra Madre Upshot: Ecological and Agricultural Health
Children in Touch, Creatures in Story
Making Places Close to Home Where the Soul Can Fly
Growing Up Othered: An Arab-American Childhood
Behind the Zipper: Discovering the Diversity around Us
Finding the Wild Thread: The Evolution of a Naturalist
Hummingbirds and Human Aggression
Searching for Lost Places
Cultural Parallax: The Wilderness Concept in Crisis
When the Spring of Animal Dreams Runs Dry
Killer, Fire, and the Aboriginal Way
Diabetes, Diet, and Native American Foraging Traditions
Let Us Now Praise Native Crops: An American Cornucopia
Harvest Time: Agricultural Change on the Northern Plains
Tequila Hangovers and the Mescal Monoculture Blues
Hornworm's Home Ground: Conserving Interactions
The Parable of the Poppy and the Bee
The Pollinator and the Predator: Conservation That Zoos Can't Do
Why Chiles Are Hot: Seed Dispersal and Plant Survival
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