Fire burners to firefighters: the Nez Perce and fire
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Matthew S. Carroll; Patricia J. Cohn; Travis B. Paveglio; Donna R. Drader; Pamela J. Jakes
Publication Year: 2010

Cataloging Information

  • agriculture
  • broadcast burning
  • fire exclusion
  • fire management
  • fire policy
  • fire suppression
  • fuel management
  • human caused fires
  • indigenous burning
  • insects
  • land management
  • Native Americans
  • Nez Perce
  • private lands
  • range management
  • rangelands
  • slash
  • wildfires
  • wildlife habitat management
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 18556
Tall Timbers Record Number: 24662
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Journals-J
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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This article presents results from an interview-based case study examining burning practices of the Nez Perce tribe in the Inland Northwest in both their contemporary and historical policy context. Despite the lack of a prominent fire tradition, our interviews uncovered a legacy of knowledge and cultural traditions linked to fire and a variety of contemporary fire practices on the reservation performed by land-management professionals and individual tribal members. Many of these practices, particularly those involving broadcast burning, have diminished over the years. We examine the reasons for this and the potentials for mitigating some of the practical and policy constraints to such burning. We conclude that the nontribal community still has much to learn about fire from those who have lived in fire-adapted landscapes longer than anyone else.

Online Link(s):
Carroll, Matthew S.; Cohn, Patricia J.; Paveglio, Travis B.; Drader, Donna R.; Jakes, Pamela J. 2010. Fire burners to firefighters: the Nez Perce and fire. Journal of Forestry 108(2):71-76.