Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9781602231788 Published September 2012
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781602231795 Published September 2012
E-book $7.00 to $29.95 ISBN: 9781602231801 Published September 2012

Caribou Herds of Northwest Alaska, 1850-2000

Ernest S. Burch Jr.

Ernest S. Burch Jr.

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

Edited by Igor Krupnik and Jim Dau
216 pages | 20 maps | 7 x 10 | © 2012
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9781602231788 Published September 2012
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781602231795 Published September 2012
E-book $7.00 to $29.95 ISBN: 9781602231801 Published September 2012

In his final, major publication Ernest S. “Tiger” Burch Jr. reconstructs the distribution of caribou herds in northwest Alaska using data and information from research conducted over the past several decades as well as sources that predate western science by more than one hundred years. Additionally, he explores human and natural factors that contributed to the demise and recovery of caribou and reindeer populations during this time. Burch provides an exhaustive list of published and unpublished literature and interviews that will intrigue laymen and experts alike. The unflinching assessment of the roles that humans and wolves played in the dynamics of caribou and reindeer herds will undoubtedly strike a nerve. Supplemental essays before and after the unfinished work add context about the author, the project of the book, and the importance of both.

Choice
"The importance of this volume goes well beyond the immediate subject. Burch skillfully demonstrates how local knowledge can be couple with ecological science to gain a more complete understanding of wildlife population dynamics. The book thoroughly cites the scientific literature and painstakingly evaluates the validity, or lack thereof, of local knowledge sources. . . . Highly recommended." 
Greg Finstad | Arctic
“The book makes a significant contribu­tion to Alaskan history, the social sciences, and human and wildlife ecology. . . . One is impressed with the tenacity, courage, and imagination it must have taken to write this book.”
Shepard Krech III, Brown University
“This work is a reminder of how much Burch's voice—the social anthropologist versed in the biological sciences, with an ethnohistorian’s appreciation of oral evidence—will be missed.”
Contents
List of Maps
List of Figures
List of Tables

Part I: Reading Tiger Burch
Foreword by Igor Krupnik
Preface by Jim Dau
Acknowledgments
Part II: Caribou Herds of Northwest Alaska
1. Introduction
2. Caribou versus Reindeer
3. Predators
4. The Western District
5. The Northern District
6. The Reindeer Era
Synopsis of Chapter 6
Synopsis of Chapter 7
Part III: Postscripts
Postscript by David R. Klein
A Life Well Lived, A Story Well Told by Polly Wheeler

Appendix 1: Memorandum (E. S. Burch Jr. to Bockstoce, Dau, Hill, Krupnik, and Pratt, February 26, 2010)
Appendix 2: Ecoregions of Northwest Alaska
Appendix 3: Historical Sources
Appendix 4: Sources of Information
Appendix 5: Notes on the Consumption of Caribou at Herschel Island During the Whaling Era
Abbreviations
Works Cited
Index
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