Title

Native Americans and the Environment: A Survey of Twentieth-Century Issues

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

American Indian Quarterly

Volume

19

Issue

3

Publisher

University of Nebraska Press

Publication Date

1995

First Page

423

Last Page

450

Abstract

Native Americans have long had an immediate relationship with their physical environments. At contact most lived in relatively small units close to the earth, cognizant of its rhythms and resources. They defined themselves by the land, by the sacred places that bounded and shaped their world. They recognized a unity in their physical and spiritual universes, the union of natural and supernatural. Their origin cycles, oral traditions, and cosmologies connected them with all animate and inanimate beings, past and present.

Comments

Originally published by the University of Nebraska Press. Publisher's PDF and article fulltext available through remote link via JSTOR. This article appeared in American Indian Quarterly.
Note: This publication was reprinted in - Canyons, Cultures and Environmental Change: An Introduction to the Land Use History of the Colorado Plateau.