Delta Narratives, pt 4: Writers and artists in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

Dr. Gregg Camfield surveys literature written about the Delta, focusing on an American humorist’s vision of Benicia “Stories matter. Contemporary neuroscience fairly certainly supports our basic intuition that individual human beings construct their identities out of stories, and what is true for individuals is also true, though usually in a more complex way, for cultures,” writes Dr. Gregg Camfield in […]

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Delta Narratives, pt. 3: Building Communities in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: Economics and Ethnicity

Dr. Jennifer Helzer and Dr. Bob Benedetti look at the diverse cultures that shaped the communities of the Delta Throughout history, the Delta has been a crossroads – a place of environmental change and agricultural fortune, as well as a destination for newcomers as diverse cultures forged distinct communities during the Delta’s land reclamation phase and subsequent agricultural development. The […]

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Delta Narratives, pt. 2: Stitching a River Culture: Trade, Transportation and Communication in the Delta

The Delta Narratives project continues with a look at the history of boating, trains, trucks, and mechanical innovation in the Delta In 2014, the Delta Protection Commission funded the Delta Narratives project, teaming up with scholars, regional museums and others to tell the story of the Delta and to communicate its importance to California’s and the nation’s history. “The imprint […]

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Delta Narratives, pt 1: Managing the Garden: Agriculture, Reclamation, and Restoration in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

The Delta Protection Commission’s Delta Narratives project seeks to tell the human story of the Delta “These days the Delta is most often considered a reservoir or a habitat,” begins the introduction to the Delta Narratives report.  “Although it has at times been referred to as “the heart of California” because of its centrality and rich natural endowment, its history […]

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