By Gay M. Gomez
Louisiana's Chenier undeniable is a 2,200-square-mile zone of marshes and oak-covered ridges (cheniers) that stretches alongside the Gulf of Mexico from Sabine Lake to Vermilion Bay. Its population, a few 6,000 humans of Cajun and different ancestries, keep powerful monetary and cultural ties to the land and its teeming natural world. They name it paradise...but it's a susceptible paradise. during this multifaceted examine, homosexual Gomez explores the interplay of the land, humans, and natural world of the Chenier undeniable, revealing either the distinctiveness of the sector and the demanding situations it faces.
After describing the geography and historical past of the Chenier undeniable, Gomez turns to the lifeways of its humans. Drawing on their phrases and tales, she tells how the chenier dwellers mix glossy occupations with conventional targets comparable to alligator and waterfowl searching, fur trapping, and fishing. She indicates how those traditions of natural world use supply either financial incentives for conservation and a resource of private and position id. This portrait of a "working wetland" unearths how flora and fauna use and appreciation can provide upward thrust to a stewardship that balances organic, financial, and cultural matters in species and habitat protection.
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A Wetland Biography: Seasons on Louisiana’s Chenier Plain by Gay M. Gomez