Climate Change Impacts on Native Cultures in Southeast Alaska





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Published on Jun 6, 2012

April 19, 2012 - Opening remarks by Michael Goldstein (Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center) and Carl Markon (USGS) followed by a presentation by Dolores Garza (U. of Alaska).

Session Abstract: The abundance of fresh safe water and the myriad resources associated with a healthy rainforest and associated marine waters have supported stable healthy Native cultures in Southeast Alaska for 6000+ years. This has required that the Tlingit and Haida peoples have and maintain generational knowledge of, and respect for, these many resources. Today all Southeast Alaska residents have a relationship and dependence on the local forest and marine resources. Climate change has had, and will continue to, impact these many human/natural resource relationships. How we measure these impacts requires multi-faceted long-term efforts. Historic and traditional ecological knowledge is necessary to form the baseline upon which change can be measured. Traditional stories which embed resource abundance and distribution as well as conservation ethics must be reviewed. Harvesting and gathering data can be collected from Elders, which will provide information on decadal changes in abundance and distributions. There are several models to develop "standardized" gathering and reporting of local knowledge to document changes. Any comprehensive effort will require the commitment and efforts of communities and their members. Considering what we may face in the next 50-100 years this is necessary.

This video is from a symposium in Juneau, Alaska from April 17-20, 2012 titled Coastal Temperate Rainforests: Integrating Science, Resource Management, and Communities. The Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center (ACRC) would like to thank all sponsors, speakers, and participants for making the symposium a success. Additional information about the symposium can be found on the ACRC website: http://acrc.alaska.edu/acrc_sw/sympos...

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