Trail of Story, Travellers’ Path
267 pages, 6 x 9
b/w and colour images, maps
Release Date:01 Apr 2010

Trail of Story, Travellers’ Path

Reflections on Ethnoecology and Landscape

Athabasca University Press

Trail of Story, Traveller’s Path examines the meaning of landscape, drawn from Leslie Main Johnson’s rich experience with diverse environments and peoples, including the Gitksan and Witsuwit’en of northwestern British Columbia, the Kaska Dene of the southern Yukon, and the Gwich’in of the Mackenzie Delta.

With passion and conviction, Johnson maintains that our response to our environment shapes our culture, determines our lifestyle, defines our identity, and sets the tone for our relationships and economies. She documents the landscape and contrasts the ecological relationships with land of First Nations peoples to those of non-indigenous scientists. The result is an absorbing study of local knowledge of place and a broad exploration of the meaning of landscape.

Leslie Main Johnson is an associate professor inthe Centre for Work and Community Studies and the Centre for IntegratedStudies at Athabasca University. She is a co-editor, with Eugene S.Hunn, of Landscape Ethnoecology: Concepts of Physical and BioticSpace.

CHAPTER 1: Trails and Visions: Reflections on Ethnoecology,Landscape, and Knowing

CHAPTER 2: Landscape Ethnoecology: Nexus of People, Land, andLifeways

CHAPTER 3: Trail of Story: Gitksan Understanding of Land andPlace

CHAPTER 4: Traveller’s Path: Witsuwit’en Knowledge ofthe Land

CHAPTER 5: Of Berry Patches: What Makes a Kind of Place?

CHAPTER 6: Lookouts, Moose Licks, and Fish Lakes: Considering KaskaUnderstanding of the Land

CHAPTER 7: Envisioning Ethnoecology: Movement through Place andSeason

CHAPTER 8: A Gwich’in Year on the Land

CHAPTER 9: Of Nets and Nodes: Reflections on Dene Ethnoecology andLandscape

CHAPTER 10: Of Named Places

CHAPTER 11: Trails versus Polygons: Contrasting Visions of theLand

CHAPTER 12: Implications: GIS and the Storied Landscape

CHAPTER 13: The Ecology of Knowing the Land

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