Narrating Indigenous Histories of Climate Change in the Americas and Pacific

  • Thomas Wickman


This chapter examines the kinds of stories that scholars have been telling about climate history and indigenous societies in the Americas and Pacific islands. Climate historians structure information into narratives, interpreting a range of oral traditions, pictorial representations, written documents, archaeological findings, and proxy data. As scholars have begun to analyze smaller-scale indigenous responses to climate over the past five centuries, their stories have featured themes of continuous change, survival, and adaptation. If earlier studies focused on collapse, newer works have uncovered evidence of resilience and ongoing struggles for power and livelihood.


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  1. 1.Department of HistoryTrinity CollegeHartfordUSA

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