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Beaverland : how one weird rodent made America  Cover Image Book Book

Beaverland : how one weird rodent made America / Leila Philip.

Philip, Leila, (author.).


"BEAVERLAND is a masterful work of narrative science writing, a book that highlights, through history and contemporary storytelling, how this weird rodent plays an oversized role in American history and its future. She follows fur trappers who lead her through waist high water, fur traders and fur auctioneers, as well as wildlife managers, PETA activists, Native American environmental vigilantes, scientists, engineers, and the colorful group of activists known as beaver believers. Beginning with the early trans-Atlantic trade in North America, Leila Philip traces the beaver's profound influence on our nation's early economy and feverish western expansion, its first corporations and multi-millionaires. In her pursuit of this weird and wonderful animal, she introduces us to people whose lives are devoted to the beaver, including a Harvard scientist from the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana, who uses drones to create 3-dimensional images of beaver dams; and an environmental restoration consultant in the Chesapeake whose nickname is the 'beaver whisperer'. What emerges is a poignant personal narrative, a startling portrait of the secretive world of the contemporary fur trade, and an engrossing ecological and historical investigation of these heroic animals who, once trapped to the point of extinction, have returned to the landscape as one of the greatest conservation stories of the 20th century. Beautifully written and impeccably researched, BEAVERLAND reveals the profound ways in which one odd creature and the trade surrounding it has shaped history, culture, and our environment." -- publisher's website.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781538755198
  • ISBN: 153875519X
  • Physical Description: xv, 317 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Twelve, 2022.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [282]-292) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue: Ktsi Amiskw, the story of great beaver -- At the beaver pond -- On the trap line -- Looking for Astor in Astoria -- Man's land -- Wild fur -- Beaverspite -- Lewis Henry Morgan and the Great Beaver Dam -- Kitaiksisskstaki and the story of the beaver bundle -- The underwater people -- Beavers in the White mountains -- The beaverhood -- Stone walls -- Thinking like a watershed -- Teale's beavers -- Kintsugi -- Epilogue: The story of the book.
Subject: Beavers > Ecology > North America.
Wildlife conservation > North America.
Fur trade > United States > History.
Beavers > United States > History.

Available copies

  • 7 of 9 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.


  • 0 current holds with 9 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
North Kansas City Public Library 338.37297 PHILIP 2023 (Text) 0001012501393 Nonfiction Available -

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