Horizons of Collaborative Research
On the Yurok Coast
The Yurok Tribe, who live in Humboldt County north of the Hupa
and west of the Karuk, maintain a foothold of sovereign control over
their aboriginal coastline, where Yurok people continue to use marine
resources and inhabit the territorial space of their cultural narratives
and ceremonial life. Among the many Indian peoples in California, the
Yurok maintain at least as strong a connection to their cultural identity
and their sovereign territory as any other tribe. Thus, in closing this
book, I pause on the Yurok coast to reflect on my original questions
about abalone as a complex cultural symbol. Through this ﬁnal consid-
eration, I reflect also on horizons of future research and analysis.
A conclusion should provide a summation of what a book has been
about or has been able to accomplish. But this conclusion also acknowl-
edges the limitations the book encountered, thereby recognizing ques-
tions research did not address that are, and will remain, of great impor-
tance to the cultural work of Native intellectuals and leaders and the
anthropologists with whom they may collaborate in the future. In this
conclusion, I provide one ﬁnal ethnographic scenario that encapsulates
the range of topics others and I have explored and analyzed in this book.
That scenario leads to a discussion of additional factors and contexts
that need to be further researched. This chapter also o√ers one last
opportunity to look in on the work of the individuals from several Native
communities who collaborated in this volume.