An environmental history of Euphoria Ridge, Oregon : a case study for ethnobotany in traditional resource management Public Deposited

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  • This dissertation looks at one landscape component of the Coquille Indian Tribe's ancestral lands in order to understand the place meaning created and assigned to Euphoria Ridge, Oregon. I focus on three cultural overlays across time that together with the unique biophysical components, generate an importance for the locale to the Coquille Indian Tribe. While it is useful to record the story of the Coquille Indians and their land in its own right, their ancestral land also provides the focus for my basic premise that environmental histories viewed at the landscape level, can offer an understanding of "the way people live on this Earth, experience the places they inhabit, and confer meaning to these experiences" (Clavel 2001: 130). I suggest that the connectedness between the Coquille Indians and Euphoria Ridge is a specific example of countless iterations of culture-environment interactions that have transformed natural landforms, creating unique place-meaning. A clear theme emerged that the Coquille hold a very high and dear value to the connection that their local environment gives them to their ancestors and that their environmental values and actions stem from their moral obligation not to protect the environment, but to protect that ancestral connection. Euphoria Ridge holds a unique place-meaning for them as an area where their ancestors once traveled and where they can travel to become connected to their ancestral traditions. Using the theoretical framework of Memmott and Long (2002), I offer a depiction of the transformation through 1) the alteration of the environment's physical characteristics, 2) the enactment of special behaviors and emotions to a particular environment, and 3) the group knowledge of past events, legends, or memories. In this way I show the dynamic construction of the Euphoria Ridge landscape as both a specific locale and as a cultural product. Landscape studies that include complementary methodologies from across the sciences can offer a framework to perceive the great breadth and interdependency among the web of people's interactions that bond them with their environment and offer a means to reach an appropriate understanding for viable land use management and ecosystem preservation.
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