Traditional Knowledge Reports on Marine Mammals

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Product Type
Product Status
Data Type
Indigenous terminology
Local observations
Wildlife observations
Marine mammals
Environmental features & use
Food security and sovereignty
Geographic Area
United States
About this product

These reports, compiled from a series of related projects, are based on interviews held between 2007 and 2017 with Alaska Native hunters in coastal communities. The reports focus on marine mammals, with emphasis on changes in particular species during the decade of the conducted interviews. This collection is unusual in that it spans both a decade and a large geographic range of communities. The reports, as well as the results of the projects, were also presented in two peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals:

Huntington, H.P., L.T. Quakenbush, and M. Nelson. 2017. Evaluating the effects of climate change on Indigenous marine mammal hunting in northern and western Alaska using traditional knowledge. Frontiers in Marine Science 4:319. doi:10.3389/fmars.2017.00319.

Huntington, H.P., L.T. Quakenbush, and M. Nelson. 2016. Effects of changing sea ice on marine mammals and subsistence hunters in northern Alaska from traditional knowledge interviews. Biology Letters 12: 20160198. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2016.0198.