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Reef Nets in the Salish Sea


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Mark Shintaffer and Jack Petree have collaborated on several historical works specific to the nation's "Fourth Corner," especially Whatcom County, Washington. Mark is especially interested in the history and culture of Lummi Island, Washington, a center of the reef net fishery in ancient times, in the age of the pioneers, and in modern times. The owner of a home and a commercial building on Lummi Island, Mark has worked for the past several years to collect material for a museum he hopes to dedicate a portion of his facility to housing. Jack Petree is a graduate of Western Washington University with a major in history and time spent as the post-graduate teaching assistant for renowned professor of Northwest History, Keith Murray. Jack has reviewed books for Duke University's "Environmental History" and has published numerous articles in a variety of magazines with an emphasis on the history of the American west. His first sale as a professional was a historical article about the Mt. Baker Marathon, an article for Sports Illustrated. Since that first sale Jack has sold more than 3,000 articles carried in trade magazines of national and international repute. Jack is also the writer of short stories published in major pulp fiction magazines, a few Paul Harvey "Rest of the Stories," and works addressing historical events in magazines as disparate as Sports Illustrated and Compressed Air. Several of his works have been the subject of requests by academics for permission to utilize the articles in classrooms. Jack always grants permissions with the requirement that the copies be provided to students at no charge. As a result, of Jack's experience the historical narratives resulting from his work has been called lively and interesting rather than trending towards the dry and dusty. Over time Jack has seen nine books published (two novels and seven non-fiction works including three family/business histories) with two more scheduled for publication this year. His specialty is creating interesting historical works that double as educational/promotional materials.

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