Book cover of The Settler Sea: California's Salton Sea and the Consequences of Colonialism by Traci Brynne Voyles
Biological Sciences

The Settler Sea: California’s Salton Sea and the Consequences of Colonialism

Can a sea be a settler? What if it is a sea that exists only in the form of incongruous, head-scratching contradictions: a wetland in a desert, a wildlife refuge that poisons birds, a body of water in which fish suffocate? Traci Brynne Voyles’s history of the Salton Sea examines how settler colonialism restructures physical environments in ways that further Indigenous dispossession, racial capitalism, and degradation of the natural world. In other words, The Settler Sea asks how settler colonialism entraps nature to do settlers’ work for them. […Learn More]