People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish Audio Book
By Kathleen Schmitt Kline, Ronald M. Bruch, Frederick P. Binkowski; Audio Production by Chris Bocast, for the University of Wisconsin Aquatic Sciences Center
4 hours and 25 minutes on 4 discs, CD format
"People of the Sturgeon" is a history of the lake sturgeon in Wisconsin's Lake Winnebago region, told by a fascinating collection of stories on the culture, art, and science surrounding this mysterious fish. From some of the earliest inhabitants of Wisconsin, the Menominee Indian Tribe, to the spearers who flock to frozen Lake Winnebago for the annual sturgeon spearing season, people have always been drawn to this ancient fish. This is the only population of sturgeon in the world to have been nearly extirpated, then resurrected through a community-wide effort of people who are now joined together as "People of the Sturgeon."
This audio book version includes updates on Menominee-DNR relations; new information on sturgeon aging; wonderful music by Graminy; and definitive recordings of the mysterious sounds of sturgeon thunder.
Much of the history and details of sturgeon spearing in the Lake Winnebago region chronicled in this audio book was gathered through oral history interviews conducted by volunteers throughout the community. This work was part of the Winnebago Sturgeon History Project, coordinated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources with assistance from Sturgeon For Tomorrow and the University of Wisconsin Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures. These interviews, along with donated artifacts and photographs, are archived at the Oshkosh Public Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
This audio book is a companion to the book, "People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish."