Enrique  Salmon

Assistant Professor

Department of Ethnic Studies

E-mail:
enrique.salmon@csueastbay.edu
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Salmón (pronounced sahl-móhn), is a Rarámuri (Tarahumara). He feels indigenous; cultural concepts of the natural world are only part of a complex and sophisticated understanding of landscapes and biocultural diversity, and he has dedicated his studies to Ethnobiology and Traditional Ecological Knowledge in order to better understand his own and other cultural perceptions of culture, landscapes, and place.

Dr. Salmon's recent studies have led him to seriously consider the connections between Climate Change and Indigenous traditional food ways. In order to maintain the sustainable food producing capacities of many landscapes to produce wild and cultivated foods and livestock is to secure a future for the land and people. Increasingly, the scientific majority agrees that Global Warming will negatively impact the planet's ability to feed exponential human population growth. As a result, we need to look to places of hope and resilience for solutions to how to adapt to these Earth Changes and continue to feed human populations. Indigenous homelands are regions noticing the effects of Global Warming, but also able to possibly offer solutions for ways to feed the planet due to the resilience of traditional food ways worldwide. Food ways are connected to every element and process of sustainable bio-cultural diversity meaning that all facets of sustainable food ways including cultural expressions, landscapes, education, leadership development, networking, and policy should be understood and supported. Dr. Salmon is currently completing a book focused on small-scale Native farmer of the Greater Southwest and their role in maintaining biocultural diversity.

Enrique has a B.S. from Western New Mexico University, an MAT in Southwestern Studies from Colorado College, and PhD. in anthropology from Arizona State University. His dissertation was a study of how the bio-region of the Rarámuri people of the Sierra Madres of Chihuahua, Mexico influences their language and thought; poisonous plants used for medicine was the focus for the study. During his doctoral course studies Enrique was a Scholar in Residence at the Heard Museum. Enrique is on the Board of Directors of the Society of Ethnobiology and the Cultural Conservancy. Enrique has published several articles and chapters on Indigenous Ethnobotany, agriculture, nutrition, and traditional ecological knowledge.

Professional Focus

Ethnoecology
Urban and Contemporary Indians
American Indian Liberation Movements
American Indian Food Ways
American Indians and Climate Change
Ethnicity and Identity

Education

  • B.S., Western New Mexico University
  • M.A.T., Southwestern Studies, Colorado College
  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Arizona State University

Courses

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