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Freshwater Fishing Strategies in Early Modern Sami Households

Larsson, Jesper and Päiviö Sjaunja, Eva-Lotta (2020). Freshwater Fishing Strategies in Early Modern Sami Households. Arctic Anthropology. 57 , 197-211
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Abstract

Fish were absolutely necessary for survival for many households in preindustrial societies. Because fishing waters are considered a common-pool resource, it is difficult to exclude users, and the catch is subtractable. To learn what strategies were in place to avoid fish-stock depletion and secure continuous harvests, we investigated how Indigenous Sami households in Lule lappmark, Sweden, used low-productive freshwaters between 1660 and 1780. Our aim is to show how they conducted fishing and how it was linked to rules for fishing. Our sources are contemporary 17th- and 18th-century accounts and local court rulings. Rules for fishing were developed in a self-governance context. Users and fishing areas were well defined, and users often had exclusive rights to fish. Inheritance was important but not a sufficient prerequisite to obtain access. Our research covers a period during which abundant but low-yield fishing waters per household declined, making it more difficult to survive.

Authors/Creators:Larsson, Jesper and Päiviö Sjaunja, Eva-Lotta
Title:Freshwater Fishing Strategies in Early Modern Sami Households
Series Name/Journal:Arctic Anthropology
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:57
Page range:197-211
Number of Pages:15
ISSN:0066-6939
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 6 Humanities > 601 History and Archaeology > History
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 6 Humanities > 605 Other Humanities > Ethnology
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 6 Humanities > 605 Other Humanities > Cultural Studies
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-112046
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-112046
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Type of IDID
DOI10.3368/aa.57.2.197
ID Code:24210
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:31 May 2021 10:24
Metadata Last Modified:31 May 2021 10:31

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