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Beaverland : how one weird rodent made America  Cover Image Book Book

Beaverland : how one weird rodent made America / Leila Philip.

Philip, Leila, (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9781538755198
  • ISBN: 153875519X
  • Physical Description: xv, 317 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Twelve, Hachette Book Group, 2022.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue: Ktsi Amiskw, the story of Great Beaver -- At the beaver pond -- On the trap line -- Looking for Astor in Astoria -- Man's land -- Wild fur -- Beaversprite -- Lewis Henry Morgan and the great beaver dam -- Kitaiksisskstaki and the story of the beaver bundle -- The underwater people -- Beavers in the White Mountains -- The beaverhood -- Stone walls -- Thinking like a watershed -- Teale's beavers -- Kintsugi -- Epilogue: The story of the book.
Summary, etc.:
"In the rich naturalist tradition of H Is for Hawk and The Soul of an Octopus, Beaverland tells the tumultuous, eye-opening story of how beavers and the beaver fur trade shaped America's history, culture, and environment. Before the American empires of steel and coal and oil, before the railroads, there was the empire of fur. Beginning with the early trans-Atlantic trade in North America, Leila Philip traces the beaver's profound influence on our nation's early economy and feverish western expansion, its first corporations and multi-millionaires. As Leila's passion for this weird and wonderful rodent widens from her careful observation of its dams in her local pond, she chronicles the many characters she meets in her pursuit of the beaver: fur trappers and fur traders, biologists and fur auctioneers, wildlife managers, PETA activists, Native American environmental vigilantes, scientists, engineers and beaver enthusiasts. What emerges is a startling portrait of the secretive, largely hidden world of the contemporary fur trade and an immersive ecological and historical investigation of these animals that, once trapped to the point of extinction, have rebounded to become one of the greatest conservation stories of the 20th century. Now, beavers offer surprising solutions to some of the most urgent problems caused by climate change. Beautifully written and filled with the many colorful characters-fur trappers and fur traders and fur auctioneers, wildlife managers and biologists, Native American environmental vigilantes. She meets a Harvard scientist from the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana, using drones to create 3-dimensional images of beaver dams. She meets an environmental restoration consultant in the Chesapeake whose nickname is the beaver whisperer. Beaverland transports readers into scenes of beavers in their ponds and the scientists and fur trappers in pursuit of them, widening arcs of information to reveal the profound ways in which beavers and the beaver trade shaped history, culture, and our environment"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Fur trade > United States > History.
Beavers > United States > History.
Wildlife conservation > United States > History.
HISTORY / North America.
Genre: Informational works.
Informational works.

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East Grand Forks Campbell Library 599.37 PHILIP 2022 (Text) 524693 Non-Fiction Checked out 06/06/2023

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