Imam Cimiucia

Our Changing Sea

Anne Salomon, Henry Huntington, and Nick Tanape, Sr.

Imam Cimiucia

Anne Salomon, Henry Huntington, and Nick Tanape, Sr.

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

With Photographs by Lisa Williams
105 pages | 33 color plates, 48 halftones, 18 line drawings | 12 x 7 4/5 | © 2011
Distributed for the Alaska Sea Grant
Cloth $39.95 ISBN: 9781566121590 Published August 2011

Through the dual lenses of Western science and traditional Native knowledge, Imam Cimiucia explores the ecological, social, and economic causes of coastal ecosystem change on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Coastal communities there—and the world over—have witnessed dramatic changes in their homes in recent years, and this innovative collaboration brings together the research efforts of marine scientists with the experiences, perceptions, and knowledge of Sugpiaq elders and other village residents whose lives are shaped by the sea. This book offers insight into the resilience—and limits—of marine ecosystems, as well as the vast archive of knowledge and expertise held by different cultures.


How This Book Came to Be
Map of Northeastern Pacific Coast
Map of the Kenai Peninsula and Local Sugt’stun Place Names

Our Ocean Home
     Living from the Sea
     The Tides That Fed Us
     The Most Recent Decline
     A Story of Multiple Causes
Our Past
     In Deep Time
     The Russian Era: From Seasonal Camps to Established Villages
     Extinctions and Extirpations
In Living Memory
     Following the Fish, Then the Jobs
     Sea Otters Return
     Local Shellfish Begin to Decline
    The Earthquake of ‘64
     Electricity Comes to the Villages
     The Gulf of Alaska Commercial Crustacean Crash
     Clams and Cockles: The Next to Go
     When the Water Died
     Nearshore Marine Invertebrates Decline One After the Next
Identifying the Problems to Create the Solutions
     Serial Depletion and Ecosystem Overfishing
     Putting It All Together: Why Have Bidarkis Recently Declined?
     Our People and Sea Otters: Predators and Competitors
     Ecosystem Effects of Sea Otters
     Changing Life Ways
     Shifting Baselines
     Contaminants and Pollution
     Changing Ocean Temperatures
     Climate Change, Sea Ice, and Ocean Acidification
     Other Ecological Changes
Enjoying Our Marine Resources in the Future
     Traditional Management of Marine Resources
     Teaching the Next Generation
     Qaillumi Kipucesnaiyarrtaa: How Can We Bring It Back?
     The Future of Our Ocean Home

Photographer Credits

Review Quotes
Ray Barnhardt, University of Alaska Fairbanks

“A rich account of the long history of human habitation and its impact on the coastal marine ecosystem of south-central Alaska. By joining hands in a common research endeavor that brings together deep local knowledge and detailed instrumentation provided by marine scientists, we come to better understand the effects of the changes underway in the region.”

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