Event Title

The Cultural Importance of Kelp to Pacific Northwest Tribes

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Presentation Abstract

With its holdfast clinging firmly to the seafloor and a long stipe reaching up to bulb and blades in the waves, bull kelp provides a physical link between the surface and undersea marine worlds. But kelp is also a link between continents, a link between land and sea, and a link between the human and supernatural worlds. The close relationship between kelp-based coastal ecosystems and Pacific Northwest indigenous cultural systems is reflected in a wide range of evidence, including prehistoric artifacts, historical sources, and contemporary practices. Drawing up on these and other sources, we discuss the connections between kelp and important traditional resources, as well as provide an overview of kelp’s role in traditional Northwest Coast technology, subsistence, ceremonial practices, and stories.

Session Title

Session 2.2A: Kelp: Stressors, Trends, and Value (Part II)

Conference Track

Kelp & Seagrass

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (2020 : Online)

Document Type

Event

SSEC Identifier

2020_abstractID_2969

Start Date

22-4-2020 12:30 PM

End Date

22-4-2020 2:00 PM

Geographic Coverage

Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.)

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Language

English

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The Cultural Importance of Kelp to Pacific Northwest Tribes

With its holdfast clinging firmly to the seafloor and a long stipe reaching up to bulb and blades in the waves, bull kelp provides a physical link between the surface and undersea marine worlds. But kelp is also a link between continents, a link between land and sea, and a link between the human and supernatural worlds. The close relationship between kelp-based coastal ecosystems and Pacific Northwest indigenous cultural systems is reflected in a wide range of evidence, including prehistoric artifacts, historical sources, and contemporary practices. Drawing up on these and other sources, we discuss the connections between kelp and important traditional resources, as well as provide an overview of kelp’s role in traditional Northwest Coast technology, subsistence, ceremonial practices, and stories.