This article proposes that multispecies anthropology and its
curiosities about non-humans constitute a ‘minor anthropology’ that
poses challenges not only to anthropological categories, but also to
anthropological methods. Through attention to Pacific salmon, I probe
why and how anthropologists might explore the ways non-humans
know and enact worlds via collaborations with natural scientists. Working
with biologists, I examine salmon scales and otoliths, or ear bones,
whose crystallization patterns act as a kind of fish diary, recording a
fish’s migrations and relations. I take up these methods with an anthropological
eye, asking how one might use such practices to learn about
multispecies encounters that classical ethnography often misses. Lastly,
I demonstrate how anthropologists can engage natural science tools
while remaining alert to the politics of knowing.
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