The American Indian and the Environment This paper will look at the concept of sustainability and how sustainability pertains to the American Indians from three particular cultural areas, in particular, the ecological practices of the aboriginal peoples of various areas of British Columbia, ( i ) the Seewepeme or Shuswap , a.k.a. the Salish; (ii) the Kwakwaka’wakw peoples; and (ii) the Nuu-Chah-Nulth peoples of the Northwest. Kresh notes that traditionally the North American Indian was seen as the noble savage, as the sustainer of the environment, preserving traditions and customs favorable to the land and future generations. He draws attention to a thesis by Marin in the opening chapter of his book, however, that brings this image into...The end:
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