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Randy A. Peppler

about more and won’t have to be worrying about too many tight ice freezes.” He called for a “short and hard winter, the big freeze to come in February and last until the middle of March.” This informant added that fox squirrels were not storing nuts and corn in the late fall, meaning “the snow won’t last too long and that the squirrels will be more active in search for food. Maybe!” A third old timer lamented “all water over the dam nowadays, since the atomic tests, I believe the chemicals have

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Lynda E. Chambers, Roan D. Plotz, Siosinamele Lui, Faapisa Aiono, Tile Tofaeono, David Hiriasia, Lloyd Tahani, ‘Ofa Fa’anunu, Seluvaia Finaulahi, and Albert Willy

observations of plants, animals and the atmosphere guides decisions on fishing, farming, and other daily activities ( Malsale et al. 2018 ). The government and community members are keen to understand linkages between contemporary science and traditional knowledge based on environmental, ecological, and astronomical indicators, and the development of seasonal calendars is seen as a component of this. An initial seasonal calendar for Samoa was developed via a literature review, heavily relying on the work

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Susan A. Crate

their ancestors—this would be naïve. But as Strang alludes to above, it would also be naïve to purport that they no longer have any ties to their ancestral worldview, myths, stories, and proverbs. I claim the middle ground—that place-based peoples frame their world, in this case in their perceptions and responses to uncertain water regimes, with understandings and adaptations based upon an ancestral past and a contemporary lived experience. Researchers have long substantiated how “tradition” as a

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Randy A. Peppler

snow, springtime it would be wet, summertime would be summertime. Now they’re having tornadoes in the fall, everything is starting to mix up, the weather is changing, the atmosphere is changing. And it’s hard to deal with stuff like that anymore. It isn’t like it used to be.” He talked about the previous winter: “Last year we had that blizzard and all that ice—we hadn’t seen anything like that in years. And the year before that it was completely dry—no snow, just cold and dry. Drought in the

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Peter Rudiak-Gould

( Farbotko 2010b , 225–226). It is insisted that climate change is inherently global ( Hulme 2010 , p. 272; Miller 2004 ) and fundamentally a phenomenon of climate : a statistical aggregation of long-term, precise measurements (see Ingold and Kurttila 2000 , p. 187; Miller 2004 ; Strauss and Orlove 2003 ). Anthropogenic tampering with the atmosphere does not result in specific weather events but merely “loads the dice” in a stochastic system; no individual (visible) event can be attributed with

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