Evergreen State College class publishes online book on removing barriers to salmon runs


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Sstudents in the “Place of Conceptualization: Indigenous Art and Geographies of the Pacific Northwest”Class at The evergreen state college produced a 132-page online book on obstacles to the salmon’s return, including dams, dikes and culverts, and how tribal nations have forged alliances to remove some of the barriers in order to restore the salmon habitat in northwestern watersheds.

In “Breaking Down Barriers: Restoring Salmon Watersheds Through Tribal Alliances, ” Watershed stories are told using text, graphics and 42 original student artwork and digital maps, while students simultaneously learn about the history, geography and artistic styles of Indigenous people in the North -Where is.

Local histories of habitat restoration highlight how treaty rights and tribal sovereignty have become the primary drivers of restoring damage from settler colonialism, and how healing of watersheds and their estuaries is taking place. made possible by a process of decolonization and reindigenization in the corresponding indigenous communities. homelands.

The book’s theme “Breaking Down Barriers” applies to barriers to salmon runs, barriers between humans and the natural world, barriers between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, and barriers to Indigenous self-determination.

The twelve chapters highlighted the watersheds of Nisqually, Elwha, Skokomish, Chico, White Salmon, Nooksack, White, Deschutes, Chehalis, Klamath and Snake, as well as information on dams, dikes and culverts, and their effects on Pacific salmon, killer whales, and coastal communities (see content below for two PDF downloads).

The publication is one example of the work that Evergreen students can accomplish in interdisciplinary, team-taught programs. Under the remote supervision of the faculty (artist Alexandre mccarty and geographer / cartographer Zoltán Grossman), students produced Adobe Illustrator illustrations and maps in fall 2020, with text featured in Adobe InDesign in winter 2021. Media Services provided invaluable training and support. We are currently working with Evergreen, The natural history museum, and Endangered Species Coalition raise funds for a physical print; other partnerships are welcome. For more information visit the Barrier Removal Website.

Video of the professors ‘and students’ presentation (49 min.) on “Removing the Barriers” at the Evergreen Equity Symposium (04/14/21).

Submersion exhibition on salmon and killer whales at the Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle, June 1 – July 2, 2021. Thanks to the Endangered Species Coalition for including examples of student artwork from “Removing Barriers” in the opening multimedia video. See the free online opening Friday June 4 at 7 p.m.


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