To Fish in Common

The Ethnohistory of Lummi Indian Salmon Fishing

Daniel L. Boxberger
Foreword by Chris Friday

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  • Published: 2000
  • Subject Listing: Native American and Indigenous Studies; Anthropology; Food
  • Bibliographic information: 237 pp., 5.375 x 8.5 in.
  • Series: Columbia Northwest Classics
  • Contents

An engaging discussion of the place of fishing in this Coast Salish group, including legal struggles to protect fishing rights.
Daniel L. Boxberger is professor of anthropology at Western Washington University, Bellingham.
List of Illustrations
Foreword to the 2000 Paperback Edition by Chris Friday
Preface to the Original Edition
The Prereservation Lummis
The Lummis and the Development of the Commercial Salmon Fishery, 1885-1900
They Tried to Catch Them All, 1901-1935
The Indian New Deal, 1936-1950
Riding the Pendulum, 1951-1973
The Lightning Boldt, 1974-1985
The Historical Development of Lummi Underdevelopment
Epilogue to the 2000 Paperback Edition

"A study of the Lummi Indians of northwestern Washington and the political and economic forces that have determined their changing fortunes over the past 150 years. Daniel Boxberger has made excellent use of documentary sources, oral history, and his own observations. . . . The book is compelling and well documented; it is also understated, frequently allowing the actions of the myriad contending interest groups to speak for themselves."

"Boxberger knows his subject. He displays an impressive understanding of the technical development of fishing, and he repeatedly uses his interviews with Indians to inform and test archival and secondary sources."
-American Indian Quarterly

"By focusing on the history of control over productive resources (in this case salmon, methods of harvest, processing, capital investment, and markets) Boxberger shows how the Lummi slid from independence and self-sufficiency to dependency, underdevelopment, and poverty. . . . Not only is it an excellent, in-depth study of the Lummi case, it can also serve as a metaphor for the larger question of Native American treaty rights and the resource provisions of agreements."
-Pacific Historical Review