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Singing the Turtles to Sea: The Comcáac (Seri) Art and Science of Reptiles

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Series: Organisms and Environments Series Volume: 3

By: Gary Paul Nabhan

317 pages, 39 b/w photos, 25 col illus, 10 line illus, 23 tabs, 3 maps

University of California Press

Hardback | Jun 2003 | #137249 | ISBN: 0520217314
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The Comc#ac, or Seri Indians, are a native people living in the biologically rich desert of Sonora, Mexico. Reptiles of all kinds including lizards, crocodiles, snakes, and turtles play a large role in Seri culture. Unfortunately the long term survival of the Comc#ac and the future of many of these animals are uncertain. Gary Nabhan describes the richness of Seri knowledge about reptiles with a combination of lyricism and scientific insight.
'Nabhan masterfully moves us to cross-cultural perspectives on the world's ecological issues. In addition to being a unique ethnozoological treatise, this book is about how 'native' cultures engage their natural worlds, of which they see themselves a part.' Wade C Sherbrooke, author of Horned Lizards of North America

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Gary Paul Nabhan is Director of the Center for Sustainable Environments at Northern Arizona University and one of the founding scientists of the Amazon Conservation Team. He is the author of twelve books, including The Desert Smells Like Rain, The Geography of Childhood (with Stephen Trimble), and The Forgotten Pollinators (with Stephen Buchmann).