People of the Sturgeon

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People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin’s Love Affair with an Ancient Fish is a tale of the cultural and scientific history of an iconic Wisconsin fish, the lake sturgeon. Throughout the process of writing the book, the authors interviewed community activists, sturgeon spearing enthusiasts, spear and decoy craftsmen, and scientific researchers associated with the Lake Winnebago sturgeon population. Because of the cultural, social, economic, and scientific knowledge captured in these interviews, the decision was made to preserve the audio files as a collection of oral histories. This collection, People of the Sturgeon, encapsulates perspectives on lake sturgeon as they are reflected in the book.

People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin’s Love Affair with an Ancient Fish published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press, Madison, WI. Audio courtesy of the Oshkosh Public Museum. Audio rights to Oshkosh Public Museum and UW Board of Regents.

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Cover photo by Bob Rashid.