Ethnography along the Hei River

Ethnographic Work along the Hei River, Iwate Prefecture: The Small-scale Economies Project‘s interviews of elders, farmers, fishermen, forest industry practitioners and others in the Hei River Area, MIyako City, Iwate Prefecture, indicate that food/subsistence diversity supported by traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) play a critical role in the resilience of food systems and communities. TEK and local networks have proven to be especially important in cases of floods, typhoons, earthquakes and other disasters. In the mountainous part of this area, depopulation is a particularly serious problem, and large-scale land development plans with anticipated serious environmental damage threaten small-scale food producers. Results of our Hei Project will be published through Tokai University Press, for which we have obtained a book contract.