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[book cover] Trail of Story, Traveller’s Path

Leslie Main Johnson

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April 2010

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Trail of Story has been selected for the 2011 Choice's annual Outstanding Academic Title list.

About the Book

Trail of Story 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. With photos, 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.

About the Author

Leslie Main Johnson is Associate Professor in the Centre for Work and Community Studies and the Centre for Integrated Studies, Athabasca University. Her research interests include ethnoecology, traditional knowledge, ethnobiology, subsistence, and concepts of health and healing among northwestern Canadian First Nations. She is a co-editor of Landscape Ethnoecology, Concepts of Physical and Biotic Space, with Eugene S. Hunn.






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

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Landscape Ethnoecology: Nexus of People, Land, and Lifeways

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Trail of Story: Gitksan Understanding of Land and Place

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Traveller’s Path: Witsuwit’en Knowledge of the Land

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Of Berry Patches: What Makes a Kind of Place?

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Lookouts, Moose Licks, and Fish Lakes: Considering Kaska Understanding of the Land

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Envisioning Ethnoecology: Movement through Place and Season

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A Gwich’in Year on the Land

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Of Nets and Nodes: Reflections on Dene Ethnoecology and Landscape

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Of Named Places

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Trails versus Polygons: Contrasting Visions of the Land

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Implications: GIS and the Storied Landscape

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The Ecology of Knowing the Land





Captivating, meticulous, invaluable, and awesome best describe this book. … Destined to become a classic in ethnoecology, cultural ecology, and spiritual ecology, this book should be relevant to anyone interested in this northwestern region or the subjects in general, including anthropologists, biologists, geographers, and others.

—L. E. Sponsel, University of Hawaii
Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries
Volume 48, Number 8 / April 2011


“… although the text examines peoples of northwestern North America, Johnson situates her study in the larger examination of indigenous epistemologies. She maintains that despite diversity in the biological landscapes, many indigenous cultures share commonalities in their relations to the land through ‘the integration of the sacred or spiritually powerful, with other aspects of the lived world.’(206)”

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