Seeking the Sacred Raven

Seeking the Sacred Raven

Politics and Extinction on A Hawaiian Island

eBook - 2006
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Well-known American writers, including John McPhee, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Peter Matthiessen, reflect on Hawaii's natural history--from the arrival of Captain James Cook to the research of contemporary scientists--and discuss the current threats to its environment. Simultaneous.

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Will the 'Alala ever return to the wild? A bird sacred to Hawaiians and a member of the raven family, the 'Alala today survives only in captivity. How the species once flourished, how it has been driven to near-extinction, and how people struggled to save it, is the gripping story of Seeking the Sacred Raven.

For years, author Mark Jerome Walters has tracked the sacred bird's role in Hawaiian culture and the indomitable 'Alala's sad decline. Trekking through Hawaii's rain forests high on Mauna Loa, talking with biologists, landowners, and governmofficials, he has woven an epic tale of missed opportunities and the best intentions gone awry. A species that once numbered in the thousands is now limited to about 50 captive birds.

Seeking the Sacred Raven is as much about people and culture as it is about failed policies. From the anciPolynesians who first settled the island, to Captain Cook in the 18th century, to would-be saviors of the 'Alala in the 1990s, individuals with conflicting passions and priorities have shaped Hawaii and the fate of this dwindling cloud-forest species.

Walters captures brilliantly the internecine politics among private landowners, scientists, environmental groups, individuals and governmagencies battling over the bird's habitat and protection. It's only one species, only one bird, but Seeking the Sacred Raven illustrates vividly the many dimensions of species loss, for the human as well as non-human world.

Publisher: Washington : Island Press/Shearwater Books, Ă2006
ISBN: 9781610911078
1610911075
9781429485951
1429485957
9781559630917
9781559630900
1559630914
1559630906
Characteristics: 1 online resource (293 pages) : illustrations, map

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