Tending the Wild Across North America<br />Kat Anderson spent 17 years interviewing native elders from around California. <br />Their stories illustrate whole-ecosystem caretaking based on agroforestry and managing wild plant and animal populations for harvest. <br />Analagous patterns are found in the history (and sometimes present day) of every inhabited ecosystem in North America.<br />
Soaproot – Chlorogalum spp.<br />A “wild” plant physiologically <br />adapted to human harvesting<br /> and use.<br />
A Radical Idea: STEP INTO ACTION<br />“You Have FullAuthorityto Improve Creation!” – Geoff Lawton<br />…no matter how small <br />your wheelbarrow!<br />
Humans are Keystone Species<br />There’s a learning curve in all phases of design.<br />There’s an unlearning curve in how we relate to our habitat – cultural views of people and nature as separate.<br />As permaculture designers, we are building relationship with our role as ecosystem managers.<br />
References on Ecology and Reading the Landscape<br />Reading the Forested Landscape – Tom Wessels<br />Sierra Club Naturalist’s Guide to your region<br />Peterson’s Field Guide: Ecology (Eastern or Western)<br />Northern Woodlands magazine<br />Local old-timers: farmers, foresters, maple tappers, herbalists, hunters…<br />
References on Indigenous Land Use<br />Tending the Wild – M. Kat Anderson<br />1491 – Charles Mann<br />Changes in the Land – William Cronon<br />Enduring Seeds – Gary Paul Nabhan<br />The Voice of the Dawn – Frederick Matthew Wiseman<br />…and ultimately, the elders themselves.<br />
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