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The Ecological Indian: Myth and History

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Publisher Comments:

The idea of the Native American living in perfect harmony with nature is one of the most cherished contemporary myths. But how truthful is this larger-than-life image? According to anthropologist Shepard Krech, the first humans in North America demonstrated all of the intelligence, self-interest, flexibility, and ability to make mistakes of human beings anywhere. As Nicholas Lemann put it in , "Krech is more than just a conventional-wisdom overturner; he has a serious larger point to make. . . . Concepts like ecology, waste, preservation, and even the natural (as distinct from human) world are entirely anachronistic when applied to Indians in the days before the European settlement of North America." "Offers a more complex portrait of Native American peoples, one that rejects mythologies, even those that both European and Native Americans might wish to embrace."--

Synopsis:

The myth that Native Americans lived in ecological harmony with nature is exposed in this book. Krech reveals that they, like all other humans, sometimes exploited nature. He argues that the image of the saintly Indian is simplistic and harmful to the Indians themselves.

Synopsis:

"A good story and first-rate social science."--New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

A look at the first inhabitants of North America, this book studies their concepts of ecology, waste, and preservation before European settlements of the country.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 231-308) and index.

About the Author

Shepard Krech III is a professor of anthropology at Brown University. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and in Maine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393321005
Subtitle:
Myth and History
Author:
Krech, Shepard, III
Author:
Krech, Shepard
Author:
Krech, S.
Author:
Krech, Shepard, III
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Public opinion
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
Human ecology
Subject:
Philosophy of nature
Subject:
Indian philosophy
Subject:
Indians in popular culture
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Indians of North America -- Public opinion.
Subject:
Indians in popular culture -- North America.
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Series Volume:
no. 7
Publication Date:
20000917
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.36x5.52x.86 in. .62 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393321005 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The myth that Native Americans lived in ecological harmony with nature is exposed in this book. Krech reveals that they, like all other humans, sometimes exploited nature. He argues that the image of the saintly Indian is simplistic and harmful to the Indians themselves.
"Synopsis" by , "A good story and first-rate social science."--New York Times Book Review
"Synopsis" by , A look at the first inhabitants of North America, this book studies their concepts of ecology, waste, and preservation before European settlements of the country.
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