"PEOPLE OF THE STURGEON" CELEBRATES THE STORY AND CONSERVATION OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST POPULATION OF LAKE STURGEON
"Part natural history, part oral history, and part environmental history, "People of the Sturgeon" gives readers something that is hard to come by these days: an environmental tale with a happy ending. ... This is a book every sportsman and student of the environment needs to own." —Robert F. Kennedy Jr., professor of environmental law, Pace Law School
The Wisconsin Historical Society Press announces the release of "People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish" (ISBN: 978-0-87020-431-9; $29.95) by Kathleen Schmitt Kline, Ronald M. Bruch and Frederick P. Binkowski with photographs by Bob Rashid.
"People of the Sturgeon" tells the poignant story of an ancient fish. Wanton harvest and habitat loss took a heavy toll on these prehistoric creatures until they teetered on the brink of extinction. But, in Wisconsin, lake sturgeon have flourished because of the dedicated work of Department of Natural Resources staff, university researchers and a determined group of spearers known as Sturgeon For Tomorrow. Thanks to these efforts, spearers can still flock by the thousands to frozen Lake Winnebago each winter to take part in a ritual rooted in the traditions of the Menominee and other Wisconsin Indians. A century of sturgeon management on Lake Winnebago has produced the world's largest and healthiest lake sturgeon population.
Through a fascinating collection of images, stories and interviews, "People of the Sturgeon" chronicles the history of this remarkable fish and the cultural traditions it has spawned. The authors introduce a colorful cast of characters with a good fish tale to tell. Color photos by the late Bob Rashid and images from the Wisconsin Historical Society evoke both the magical and the mundane. Weaving together myriad voices and examining the sturgeon's profound cultural impact, the authors reveal how a diverse group of people are now joined together as "people of the sturgeon."
Media: For review copies of the book, or author or book photos or book event information, please contact Melanie Roth, Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 816 State St., Madison, Wis. 53706; (608) 264-6465; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wisconsin Historical Society Press, publishing since 1855, is the state's oldest publisher. ###