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The lost wolves of Japan, Brett L. Walker ; foreword by William Cronon

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The lost wolves of Japan
Title
The lost wolves of Japan
Statement of responsibility
Brett L. Walker ; foreword by William Cronon
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Many Japanese once revered the wolf as Oguchi no Magami, or Large-Mouthed Pure God, but as Japan began its modern transformation wolves lost their otherworldly status and became noxious animals that needed to be killed. By 1905 they had disappeared from the country. In this spirited and absorbing narrative, Brett Walker takes a deep look at the scientific, cultural, and environmental dimensions of wolf extinction in Japan and tracks changing attitudes toward nature through Japan's long history. Grain farmers once worshiped wolves at shrines and left food offerings near their dens, beseeching the elusive canine to protect their crops from the sharp hooves and voracious appetites of wild boars and deer. Talismans and charms adorned with images of wolves protected against fire, disease, and other calamities and brought fertility to agrarian communities and to couples hoping to have children. The Ainu people believed that they were born from the union of a wolflike creature and a goddess. In the eighteenth century, wolves were seen as rabid man-killers in many parts of Japan. Highly ritualized wolf hunts were instigated to cleanse the landscape of what many considered as demons. By the nineteenth century, however, the destruction of wolves had become decidedly unceremonious, as seen on the island of Hokkaido. Through poisoning, hired hunters, and a bounty system, one of the archipelago's largest carnivores was systematically erased. The story of wolf extinction exposes the underside of Japan's modernization. Certain wolf scientists still camp out in Japan to listen for any trace of the elusive canines. The quiet they experience reminds us of the profound silence that awaits all humanity when, as the Japanese priest Kenko taught almost seven centuries ago, we "look on fellow sentient creatures without feeling compassion."
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Cataloging source
E7B
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1967-
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Walker, Brett L.
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Cronon, William
Series statement
Weyerhaeuser environmental books
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  • Gray wolf
  • Extinct mammals
  • Loup
  • Animaux disparus
  • NATURE
  • SCIENCE
  • Extinct mammals
  • Gray wolf
  • Japan
  • Ausrottung
  • Kultur
  • Wolf
  • Japan
  • Wolf
  • Japan
  • Extinct mammals -- Japan
  • Gray wolf -- Japan
  • Extinct mammals
  • Gray wolf
  • TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Forestry
Label
The lost wolves of Japan, Brett L. Walker ; foreword by William Cronon
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Foreword: A Strange Violent Intimacy by William Cronon ; Preface ; A Note to the Reader ; Introduction ; 1. Science and the Creation of the Japanese Wolf ; 2. Culture and the Creation of Japan's Sacred Wolves ; 3. The Conflicts between Wolf Hunters and Rabid Man-Killers in Early Modern Japan ; 4. Meiji Modernization, Scientific Agriculture, and Destroying the Hokkaido Wolf ; 5. Wolf Bounties and the Ecologies of Progress ; 6. Wolf Extinction Theories and the Birth of Japan's Discipline of Ecology ; Epilogue
  • Appendix: Wolves and Bears Killed and Bounties Paid by Administrative Region, 1877-1881 Notes ; Works Cited ; Index
Control code
ocn704518557
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xviii, 331 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780295989938
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
99811352706
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctvct80hp
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)704518557
Label
The lost wolves of Japan, Brett L. Walker ; foreword by William Cronon
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Foreword: A Strange Violent Intimacy by William Cronon ; Preface ; A Note to the Reader ; Introduction ; 1. Science and the Creation of the Japanese Wolf ; 2. Culture and the Creation of Japan's Sacred Wolves ; 3. The Conflicts between Wolf Hunters and Rabid Man-Killers in Early Modern Japan ; 4. Meiji Modernization, Scientific Agriculture, and Destroying the Hokkaido Wolf ; 5. Wolf Bounties and the Ecologies of Progress ; 6. Wolf Extinction Theories and the Birth of Japan's Discipline of Ecology ; Epilogue
  • Appendix: Wolves and Bears Killed and Bounties Paid by Administrative Region, 1877-1881 Notes ; Works Cited ; Index
Control code
ocn704518557
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xviii, 331 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780295989938
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
99811352706
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctvct80hp
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)704518557

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