105 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour illustrations
Through the lens of Western science and traditional Native knowledge, art, and photography, the authors uncover some of the ecological, social, and economic causes of coastal ecosystem change on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. The reader is offered a rare opportunity to share experiences, perspectives, and knowledge of Sugpiaq Elders and village residents whose lives and intuitions are shaped by the rhythms of the sea. This collaboration illuminates the resilience and limits of marine ecosystems and the vast archive of knowledge and expertise held by different cultures. Given the pressure humans now impose on marine ecosystems worldwide, Imam Cimiucia: Our Changing Sea offers insights to coastal communities throughout the world that have witnessed dramatic changes in their ocean home.
"A rich account of the long history of human habitation and its impact on the coastal marine ecosystem of southcentral Alaska. By joining hands in a common research endeavor that brings together deep local knowledge and detailed instrumentation provided by marine scientists, we come to better understand the effects of the changes under way in the region."
– Ray Barnhardt, University of Alaska Fairbanks
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Anne Salomon is assistant professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University. Henry Huntington has a PhD in polar studies from Cambridge University. Nick Tanape, Sr. is a Sugpiaq elder in Nanwalek, Alaska, and Native community representative at the Pratt Museum in Homer.