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Author Krech, Shepard, 1944-

Title The ecological Indian : myth and history / Shepard Krech III.

Published New York ; London : W.W. Norton & Company, 1999.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Giblin Eunson  333.7089 KREC    AVAILABLE
Physical description 318 p. : 1 port. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Pleistocene Extinctions -- 2. The Hohokam -- 3. Eden -- 4. Fire -- 5. Buffalo -- 6. Deer -- 7. Beaver.
Summary "While many Americans are attached to a romantic, idealized view of the human relation to nature in North America prior to European contact, anthropologist Shepard Krech III attempts to examine what characterized actual Native American beliefs and actions. Native Americans had a vast and impressive store of knowledge about the natural world but, like everyone else, couldn't always foresee the consequences of their acts and didn't always act the way they believed they should. Nor were their beliefs always perfectly adaptive to changing circumstances."--BOOK JACKET.
"The Ecological Indian addresses such fascinating questions as: Were Pleistocene-era humans responsible for the extinction of large mammals like the mastodon? Did the Hohokam of Arizona destroy their society by overirrigating and ultimately oversalinating their crops? What role did Native Americans play in the near-extinctions of the deer, the beaver, and the buffalo? How did Native Americans use fire? Was the natural "Eden" that awed the first European visitors a feature of native "environmentalism" or just of very low population density?"--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Indian philosophy -- North America.
Indians of North America -- Public opinion.
Human ecology -- North America -- Philosophy.
Philosophy of nature -- North America.
Indians in popular culture -- North America.
Public opinion -- North America.
ISBN 0393047555 : No price