This book offers a comparative analysis of the experiences, responses, and adaptations of people to climate variability and environmental change across the Americas. It foregrounds historical ecology as a structural framework for understanding the climate change crisis throughout the region and throughout time. In recent years, Indigenous and local populations in particular have experienced climate change effects such as altered weather patterns, seasonal irregularities, flooding and drought, and difficulties relating to subsistence practices. Understanding and dealing with these challenges has drawn on peoples’ longstanding experience with climate variability and in some cases includes models of mitigation and responses that are millennia old. With contributions from specialists across the Americas, this volume will be of interest to scholars from fields including anthropology, archaeology, geography, environmental studies, and Indigenous studies.

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ByJames Andrew Whitaker, Chelsey Geralda Armstrong, Guillaume Odonne
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chapter 1|20 pages

“Open the Floodgates of Heaven”

Amazonian Climate Change in Pre-Columbian Times
ByStéphen Rostain, Jonas Gregorio da Souza
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chapter 2|20 pages

The Milpa Cycle as a Sustainable Ecological Resource

ByAnabel Ford
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chapter 3|20 pages

Confronting Climatic Instability in Coastal California Through the Lens of Archaeology and Historical Ecology

ByTorben C. Rick, Gabriel M. Sanchez, Shannon Tushingham
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chapter 4|13 pages

Indigenous People Prevented Climate-Induced Ecological Change for Millennia

Evidence from the Prairie Peninsula and Fire-Loving Forests of Eastern North America
ByNatalie G. Mueller
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chapter 5|17 pages

Indigenous Land Use and Fire Resilience of Southwest USA Ponderosa Pine Forests

ByChristopher I. Roos, Thomas W. Swetnam, Christopher H. Guiterman
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chapter 7|19 pages

Ancient and Ongoing Land-Use as Climate Change Mitigation in Ts'msyen, Haíłzaqv, and Wuikinuxv Homelands

ByChelsey Geralda Armstrong, Sara Wickham, Kalina Hunter
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chapter 9|18 pages

Ancient Knowledge, Future Wisdom

Archaeological Perspectives of Caribbean Coastal Food and Habitat Security During Times of Climate Crises
ByIsabel Rivera-Collazo
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chapter 10|19 pages

Whose Climate Change Is It?

A Thousand-Year Example of Kali'na Responses to Shifting Coastal Landscapes in the Lower Maroni River
ByMarquisar Jean-Jacques, Marianne Palisse, Martijn M. van den Bel, Antoine Gardel, Edward J. Anthony
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chapter 11|18 pages

Long-Term Ecological and Climate Changes Through Amazonian Indigenous Oral Histories

ByPirjo Kristiina Virtanen, Francisco Apurinã, Álvaro Fernández-Llamazares
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chapter 12|16 pages

Owning Climate Change Among the Makushi and Akawaio

ByJames Andrew Whitaker
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Climatic and Ecological Change in the Americas: A Perspective from Historical Ecology
ByVictoria Reyes-García, André Braga Junqueira
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