Salmon and Acorns Feed Our People

Professor Kari Marie Norgaard joins Professor Jakelin Troy to discuss her latest book Salmon and Acorns Feed Our People (Rutgers University Press, 2019), which draws upon nearly two decades of examples and insight from Karuk experiences on the Klamath River to illustrate how the ecological dynamics of settler-colonialism are essential for expanding theoretical conversations on health, identity, food, race, and gender that preoccupy many disciplines today.

Once the third-largest salmon-producing stream in the Western United States, the Klamath River has, as of 2014, fallen to only 4% of its previous productivity. This gives the once-wealthy Karuk Tribe the dubious honour of having one of the most dramatic and recent diet shifts in North America. Unable to fulfil their traditional fishermen roles, Karuk people are now among the most impoverished in the state.

This podcast is part of The Re-(E)mergence of Nature in Culture multimedia series originated from a two-day symposium, the second of its kind. It’s an opportunity for Indigenous scholars and people working with Indigenous scholars and Indigenous peoples to come together, discuss the ways in which culture and nature are entwined in the philosophies, lives and strengths of indigenous peoples. Importantly, we reflect on the leadership these perspectives offer as the world faces multiple challenges such as climate change, pollution and associated biocultural destruction.


00:00   Introduction and Welcome to Country – David Schlosberg
05:05   Salmon and Acorns Feed Our People – Kari Norgaard
31:10   Education’s Role in Making Indigenous Voices Visible
42:15   The Radical Potential of Indigenous Sight
49:30   Intersectional Anxiety and Environmental Justice


Professor Kari Marie Norgaard, University of Oregon
Professor Jakelin Troy, Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research, The University of Sydney
Professor David Schlosberg (Chair), Sydney Environment Institute

Professor Kari Norgaard was a Visiting Fellow as part of the Sites of Violence research project. This event was held at the University of Sydney on Monday 25 November, 2019.

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