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Salmon farming on the rise in Washington

Human travelers have I-5 and I-90. Salish Sea salmon have the Juan de Fuca Strait. It’s the route that they all swim on their way…

Sasquatch meets the citizen science movement

Acclaimed Seattle science writer David George Gordon is intrigued by tales of the legendary Sasquatch that have fueled the lore of the Pacific Northwest for…

Kennewick Man: a never-ending nightmare for tribes

The most unique quality of Kennewick Man, the 8,500-year-old skeleton that eroded out of a Columbia River bank nearly 20 years ago, is his knack…

Footprints in the NW sand: Perhaps 13,000 years old

Fats Domino was famously "walking to New Orleans." No one knows where the people who left footprints on British Columbia's Calvert Island were walking. They…

Can mushrooms save the honeybee?

Paul Stamets has had a life-long love affair with mushrooms, one that goes well beyond their culinary and psychedelic qualities. Wearing his signature hat — made…

Field Notes from Olympia: The power of language and the “fear grimace”

One of anthropology’s traditional four subfields is linguistic anthropology. (The others are cultural anthropology, archaeology and biological anthropology.) Linguistic anthropology encompasses a broad range of…

Field Notes from Olympia: An anthropologist in the state capital

In 2013, Crosscut editor in chief, Mary Bruno approached me about doing some anthropological fieldwork in Olympia. I was intrigued by the prospect of studying…