Enrique Salmon Faculty Profile

Dr. Enrique Salmón is a Rarámuri (Tarahumara) and teaches American Indian Studies in the Department of Ethnic Studies. He is a leading expert in ethnobotany, ethnobiology, agroecology, ancestral ecological knowledge and the connections between climate change and Indigenous traditional foodways and land management practices. It is Dr. Salmón’s belief that these foodways are connected to every element and process of sustainable bio-cultural diversity and that all facets including cultural expression, landscapes, education, leadership development, networking and policy should be understood and supported.  

Dr. Salmón has contributed essays and chapters to numerous publications and books. He is the author of “Eating The Landscape,” a book focused on small-scale Native farmers of the Greater Southwest and their role in maintaining biocultural diversity. His most recent publication is “IWÍGARA: The Kinship of Plants and People” - an ethnobotany of 80 plants important to American Indians. 
During his studies, he was a Scholar in Residence at the Heard Museum. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Society of Ethnobiology and has published several articles and chapters on Indigenous ethnobotany, agriculture, nutrition and traditional ecological knowledge. 
Dr. Salmón is the Tribal Liaison for the CSUEB campus and NAGPRA coordinator. 




Urban and Contemporary Indians

American Indian Liberation Movements

American Indian Food Ways

American Indians and Climate Change

Ethnicity and Identity

  • B.S., Western New Mexico University
  • M.A.T., Southwestern Studies, Colorado College
  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Arizona State University

Not teaching this semester.