Beaver, Bison, Horse: The Traditional Knowledge and Ecology of the Northern Great Plains (Paperback)
Indigenous Peoples of the North American Plains were ecologists of the highest order-- then the horse came and changed everything.Beaver, Bison, Horse is an interdisciplinary account of the ecological relationships the Indigenous nations of the Plains had to the beaver, bison, horse, and their habitat prior to contact. Morgan's research shows an ecological understanding that sustained Indigenous peoples for thousands of years, with critical information on how the beaver manage water systems and protect communities from drought in the Northern Great Plains. Morgan's work is a game-changer. For the first time in print, her important research now appears with a foreword by James Daschuk, bestselling and award-winning author of Clearing the Plains, and an afterword by Cristina Eisenberg, author of The Carnivore Way and The Wolf's Tooth.
Grace Morgan (1934-2016) was a life-long scholar and researcher. Trained in anthropology, Morgan brought a unique ecological understanding to her field, studying the patterns of sustainability that marked Indigenous Plains First Nations' relationships to beaver and bison resources. James Daschuk, author of Clearing the Plains, is an associate professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Regina and a researcher with the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit. Cristina Eisenberg is a Smithsonian Research Associate, a Black Earth Institute Scholar, and the author of The Carnivore Way and The Wolf's Tooth.