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

Nabhan, Gary Paul

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ISBN 10: 0520217314 / ISBN 13: 9780520217317
Editorial: University of California Press, Berkeley, CA, 2003
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Octavo (21 x 18 cm), pp. xviii, 317, [1]. Navy quarter cloth over cream boards with gilt lettering on spine. Signed by author on title page. Foreword by Harry W. Greene. With index, b/w and color photos. Nabhan collaborates with the Seri Tribal Governors and Traditional Council of Elders to illustrate the role of reptiles in the cultural life of the Comcaac people. "In this fine book [Nabhan] eloquently documents the rich, complicated ties between the Comcáac (Seri) people and the snakes, turtles, and lizards with which they share a common place. But the book is more than an elegy, it is a vibrant plea to save these people and animals and the stories, myths, and harsh realities that bind them." (Kent H. Redford, Director, Wildlife Conservation Society Institute). N° de ref. de la librería 9918

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Título: Singing the Turtles to Sea The Comcaac (Seri...

Editorial: University of California Press, Berkeley, CA

Año de publicación: 2003

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:new

Condición de la sobrecubierta: new

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author(s)

Edición: First Printing.

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The Comcáac, or Seri Indians, are a native people living in the starkly beautiful and biologically rich desert of Sonora, Mexico. Reptiles of all kinds—lizards, crocodiles, snakes, and turtles—play a large role in Seri culture. Unfortunately, the long-term survival of the Comcáac and the future of many of these animals are uncertain. This book, written with Gary Nabhan's characteristic combination of lyricism and scientific insight, describes and preserves the richness of Seri knowledge about reptiles. Through stories, songs, photographs, illustrations of Seri arts, and discussions of Sonoran ecology, Nabhan demonstrates the irreplaceable value of this knowledge for us today.

Singing the Turtles to Sea vividly describes the desert, its phantasmagoric landforms, and its equally fantastic animals. This book contains important new information on the origins, biogeography, and conservation status of marine and desert reptiles in this region. Nabhan also discusses the significance of reptiles in Seri folklore, natural history, language, medicine, and art.

Winner of a MacArthur "genius" grant and the Burroughs Medal for nature writing, Gary Nabhan has had a long collaboration with the Comcáac and is uniquely placed to bring together the many voices that tell this story. The text is interspersed with his own lively adventures getting to know these indigenous people and with the insights of many individuals in their community.

This book is a magnificent ethnobiology that also succeeds in linking the importance of preserving ecological diversity with issues such as endangered languages and human rights. Singing the Turtles to Sea ultimately points the way toward a more hopeful future for the native cultures and animals of the Sonoran desert and for the preservation of indigenous cultures and species around the world.

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"A wonderful mixture of natural history, culture, marine biology, and herpetology—Nabhan at his best!"—Mark Plotkin, President, Amazon Conservation Team

"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

"Nabhan has devoted his career to charting times and places that are tragically disappearing, where people and nature lived in intimate ecologies. In this fine book he eloquently documents the rich, complicated ties between the Comcáac (Seri) people and the snakes, turtles, and lizards with which they share a common place. But the book is more than an elegy, it is a vibrant plea to save these people and animals and the stories, myths, and harsh realities that bind them."—Kent H. Redford, Director, Wildlife Conservation Society Institute

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Elk River Books is a partnership between poet Marc Beaudin and journalist Andrea Peacock. We opened our doors in 2011, and moved to our current location in Livingston's gallery district in 2014. We offer affordable, high quality books, fair trade journals, maps, note cards (many by local artists) and other literary gifts. The store specializes in works by collectible outdoor literature, books by regional authors, visual and literary arts, and western history and lore.

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