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Coastal Heritage and Cultural Resilience

Editors: Price, Lisa L., Narchi, Nemer E (Eds.)

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  • Discusses the ethnobiological interaction of coastal communities and nature
  • Provides both historic and contemporary connections
  • Features a larger number of coastal artworks including photographs, drawings, and paintings
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This book explores the knowledge, work and life of Pacific coastal populations from the Pacific Northwest to Panama. Center stage in this volume is the knowledge people acquire on coastal and marine ecosystems. Material and aesthetic benefits from interacting with the environment contribute to the ongoing building of coastal cultures. The contributors are particularly interested in how local knowledge -either recently generated or transmitted along generations- interfaces with science, conservation, policy and artistic expression. Their observations exhibit a wide array of outcomes ranging from resource and human exploitation to the magnification of cultural resilience and coastal heritage. The interdisciplinary nature of ethnobiology allows the chapter authors to have a broad range of freedom when examining their subject matter. They build a multifaceted understanding of coastal heritage  through the different lenses offered by the humanities, social sciences, oceanography, fisheries and conservation science and, not surprisingly, the arts. Coastal Heritage and Cultural Resilience establishes an intimate bond between coastal communities and the audience in a time when resilience of coastal life needs to be celebrated and fortified.

About the authors

Lisa L. Price is a Professor of Anthropology at Oregon State University. She specializes in ethnobiology and ethnoecology. Her research interests are primarily at the interface of human culture, specifically gender, and the food environment, food ways and food security. She has conducted research throughout Asia and Africa and acted as a consultant for numerous international scientific and philanthropic organizations.

Nemer E. Narchi is an Assistant Research Professor in the Center for Human Geography Research at El Colegio de Michoacán, A.C. Initially trained as an oceanographer, he is now an anthropologist who has been working in ethnobiology and biocultural conservation for 18 years. Nemer Narchi is vice-president of the Mexican Ethnobiological Association (2018-2020) and co-founder of the Laboratories of Social Oceanography in El Colegio de Michoacán. He is also head of the Marine Research Group for Biocultural Heritage, part of the Mexican Network for Biocultural Heritage (Red Temática sobre Patrimonio Biocultural, CONACyT).

Dr. L.M.L. Price

Professor of Anthropology &

Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts

Oregon State University

Corvallis, Oregon, 97331



Dr. Nemer E. Narchi
Centro de Estudios en Geografía Humana
El Colegio de Michoacán
Cerro de Nahuatzen 85
La Piedad, Michoacán, México. 59370
Tel (352) 5256107 ext. 2416


“Most comprehensive is a concise, thorough ethnographic documentation of the Seri Indigenous people of Sonora; this is a major contribution. … This is a valuable resource for anyone interested in adaptation, resilience, and management on the land-water interface.” (E. N. Anderson, Choice, Vol. 56 (10), June, 2019)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • The Ecology of Desire: Coastal Poetics, Passion, and Environmental Consciousness

    Pages 1-21

    Betjemann, Peter

  • Invisible Landscapes: Perception, Heritage, and Coastal Change in Southern California

    Pages 23-38

    Guerrini, Anita (et al.)

  • From the Discovery of the Mar del Sur to the Creation of Unlikely Connections Between Panama and the United States

    Pages 39-61

    Spalding, Ana K. (et al.)

  • Lessons of Governance from Traditional Fisheries: The Huaves of San Francisco del Mar Pueblo Viejo, Oaxaca

    Pages 63-77

    Zepeda-Domínguez, José Alberto (et al.)

  • A History of Nacre and Pearls in the Gulf of California

    Pages 79-112

    Monteforte, Mario (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Coastal Heritage and Cultural Resilience
  • Lisa L. Price
  • Nemer E Narchi
Series Title
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
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Number of Pages
XXVI, 297
Number of Illustrations
19 b/w illustrations, 31 illustrations in colour

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