General North America references
Document Type: Book Chapter
Author(s): G. W. Williams
Editor(s): G. W. Williams
Publication Year: 2005

Cataloging Information

  • agriculture
  • bibliographies
  • burning intervals
  • catastrophic fires
  • croplands
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • ecotones
  • European settlement
  • fire frequency
  • fire hazard reduction
  • fire intensity
  • fire regimes
  • grazing
  • habitat types
  • histories
  • human caused fires
  • hunting
  • insects
  • invasive species
  • land use
  • landscape ecology
  • livestock
  • Mexico
  • mosaic
  • Native Americans
  • prehistoric fires
  • presettlement fires
  • riparian habitats
  • season of fire
  • species diversity (animals)
  • species diversity (plants)
  • surface fires
  • trees
  • Washington
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: August 9, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 40660
Tall Timbers Record Number: 15447
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: SD 421 .R43 2005
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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From the introduction to the document ... '... In summary there are eleven major reasons for American Indian ecosystem burning, which are drived from well over 300 studies: Hunting ...Crop management ... Improve growth and yields ... Fireproof areas ... Insect collection ... Pest maagement ...Warfare & signaling ... Economic extortion ... Clearing areas for travel ... Felling trees ... Clearing riparian areas.' From the text...'The folllowing references are part of a growing literature of the intentional use of fire by American Indians in English speaking portions of North America. The compiler has shamelessly used bibliographies from the many reports, chapters, and books to build up the Indian use of fire references that will prove useful for many researchers and authors. I have not had the time to check the accuracy of every source. Also, I have not listed references from other countries (e.g. Australia), although they will certainly prove instructive. Henry Lewis has written extensively about the use of fire by the Aboriginal people of Australia. Steve Pyne, in his book World of Fire: The Culture of Fire on Earth (1995) notes that use of fire by native peoples to change ecosystems or portions thereof is almost universal.'

Williams, G. W. 2005. General North America references, in GW Williams ed., References on the American Indian use of fire in ecosystems [unpublished report]. [Washington, D.C.], [USDA Forest Service, Washington Office], p. 7-21.