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George Gmelch and Sharon Bohn Gmelch

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520289611

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520289611.001.0001

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Studying Subsistence in Sitka

Studying Subsistence in Sitka

(p.70) 5 Studying Subsistence in Sitka
In the Field

George Gmelch

Sharon Bohn Gmelch

University of California Press

The aim of this applied research, conducted for Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game, is to examine how residents, both Native and non-Native, of an “urban” Alaskan community harvest and use wild foods. At the time, most research on “subsistence” (or household provisioning) was conducted in small villages with majority Native populations. The goal is to provide baseline data that will be used by the ADF&G and other government bodies to manage Alaska’s wild resources. The chapter discusses designing and administering a random household survey and the synergy that can exist between quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Keywords:   Anthropology of Food, Urban Hunter-Gatherer-Fishers, Survey Research, Tlingit Indians and Non-native Alaskans, Resource Use and Subsistence Rights

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