Tending the Wild is a very important book that everyone interested in the hunter-gathererway of life should read.
Although it is a (very in-depth) study about California, just about everything it says applies to the Pacific Northwest, as well.
It is a way of life of reciprocity and participation.
I am working on a similar book about the Amazon Basin, but the depth and thoroughness of research in Tending the Wild intimidates me. This book is a hard act to follow.
It looks long but is very readable -- and I would put it at THE VERY TOP of the must-read list here.