California Indians and Their Environment
by Kent G. Lightfoot and Otis Parrish
illustrations and color photos, 490 pages
This book presents another voice in the contemporary ethnographic discussions regarding land management strategies practiced by California Indians. Lightfoot suggests that instead of seeing Native Americans as a proto-agricultural culture, we view them as pyrodiversity collectors, or fire managers, with an economy based on diversification. An informative description by province of each tribe's use of natural resources is complete with maps, color photos and illustrations.