Wild Games: Hunting and Fishing Traditions in North America

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Dennis Ray Cutchins, Dennis A. Cutchins, Eric Alden Eliason
Univ. of Tennessee Press, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 230 pages
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"Wild Games reveals the intricate customs, prohibitions, and symbolic meanings that surround taking animal life for Finns, Basques, Native Americans, Kazakhs, and other contemporary cultures. Writings on the hunt that ignore these practices, and the ways in which they are tied to both individual and collective identity, will now risk being woefully simplistic."
--Boria Sax



Humans understand at least some of what it means to be human, both literally and figuratively, in reference to wild animals. Our relationships with wildlife have traditionally been expressed in terms of hunting; more recently, these relationships have also been manifest as efforts to prevent hunting. Hunting and fishing traditions are, in fact, under fire by critics at the same time that they are receding of their own accord--perhaps becoming even more endangered than any of the pursued animals. These traditions form the major focus of Wild Games, a new collection of essays that looks at the folklore and culture of various hunting and fishing practices, documenting the central importance of hunting to many rural societies, even in modern times.

Editors Dennis Cutchins and Eric Eliason contend that hunters often don't perceive of themselves as separate from the wild but, rather, identify strongly with a natural order--integrated with, rather than standing apart from, the fluctuation of ecosystems. And they frequently don't see wild animals as "set apart" but understand them as food sources, competitors, friendly rivals, and even equals.

Featuring contributions from a variety of distinguished scholars and writers--including an essay by the noted folklorist Simon Bronner on the culture of the deer camp, a fascinating account of coyote tracking by Eric Eliason, and an examination of the role of gender in outdoor life by Diane Humphrey Lueck--this book shows how the traditions of hunting and fishing tend to bind hunter and prey into ancient patterns that often defy contemporary culture.

Dennis Cutchins is associate professor of English at Brigham Young University. His articles have appeared in Western Folklore, Literature/Film Quarterly, Journal of American Culture, and Florida Anthropological Quarterly and he is the coeditor of two upcoming books on adaptation studies.
Eric A. Eliason is associate professor of English at Brigham Young University. He is the editor of Mormons and Mormonism: An Introduction to an American World Religion and author of the forthcoming Black Velvet Painting: Understanding the World's Most Maligned Art.
 

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Contents

On Hunting and Human Identity
3
Biofacts and a New Folkloristic
25
illusTraTions
26
Coyote Dogs Spring into Action
32
A Wirehaired Coyote Hound and the Results of a Good Day
39
Reflections
42
Blood Culture and the Problem of Decadence
45
Field Studies
63
One of the Delicate Places in Question
120
An Attentive Fisherman
127
Finnish American
129
Mountain Lion in a Snowstorm
142
Female Mountain Lion Being RadioCollared
148
Serenity Outdoors
181
Family Groups Set Up Camp
184
Women Connect through a Trust Exercise
185

Aiming at Hunting Camp
66
Shirttail Cutting at Ten Point Deer Camp Mississippi
73
Hunter Posing with Bucks Head
86
Hunting Camp
92
Elitism Keeping Secrets and Fly Fishing the Intermountain West
105
Fly Fishing Often Remains an Intensely Private Activity
106
A Run on a Small Stream
114
A Personal Essay
199
Phil Snyder Phillip Snyder and Jeff Jones above
204
Kate Snyder Getting Ready to Fish
212
Meditation on Three Photos
215
At Home with Kazakh Tazi Hounds and a Saker Falcon
218
Index
229
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Eric A. Eliason is associate professor of English at Brigham Young University. He is the editor of Mormons and Mormonism: An Introduction to an American World Religion and author of the forthcoming Black Velvet Painting: Understanding the World's Most Maligned Art.

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