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The Ecological Indian - by Shepard Krech (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 318

Genre: History

Format: Paperback

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Author: Shepard Krech

Language: English

Street Date: September 17, 2000
TCIN: 77474621
UPC: 9780393321005
Item Number (DPCI): 247-17-5993

Description

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 The New Yorker, "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." Washington Post"
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