Krech Environmentalism

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Name: Ayat Otolorin Article title: Reflections on Conservation, Sustainability, and Environmentalism in Indigenous North America Author: Shepard Krech III Source: American Anthropologist, New Series, Vol. 107, No. 1 (Mar., 2005), pp. 78-86 Tribal Group Involved: Majority of Aboriginal Native Indians (All tribes) Issue / Summary: Krech is giving a response to the vast critiques on his work “The Ecological Indian” (1999). Krech’s definition of the ecological Indian explained the relationship as associating the people with ecological relationship. This line of thinking became a problematic identification to the public perception of indigenous people of North America. In this response, he re posted the two questions he asked in the book…show more content…
He supported his argument with the example of the Eden (when Europeans arrived in North America). Krech asked “how can America be simultaneously paradise seemingly untouched by human hands and-as archaeologists and other scholars have often proposed-inhabited by people who, prior to the arrival of Europeans, exploited lands and animals in order to live, cut down forests for fuel and arable land, and perhaps oversalinated fields and helped animals to an early demise”. He also went on to explain that aboriginal people have been working on the land as a means of survival, but because it wasn’t industrialized, Europeans were quick to make assumptions of the Natives. Krech also noted that the manner in which aboriginals used the land and animals involved a system of spirituality and…show more content…
Yes, this issue affected all the groups of the native North America. It is an argumentative issue about the cultural, and environmental way of lives of the native North America as a whole. Does the article have an opinion on the issue? Does it offer a solution or resolution to the issue? The issue is an opinion of Shepard Krech III’s finding and conclusion of the Indigenous Native American. He stated that this was a response to the critics of his book “The Ecological Indian”. It did not offer a solution, but he cited examples to support his analysis to the issue. Would you consider the issue presented "a negative" issue (one that may have negative effects on the environment) or a "positive issue" (that may have a positive impact on the environment? Yes, it is a negative issue, because the article carried different viewpoints of the natives. What do you think about this issue? The issue is very controversial, and I do believe that Shepard Krech does have some valuable points. Although there are some biasness in his judgments of the
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