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The Ecological Indian: Myth and History
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher W W Norton & Co Inc
Publication date July 1, 1999
Pages 318
Binding Hardcover
Edition 1
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780393047554
ISBN-10 0393047555
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.50 by 9.75 in.
Weight 1.30 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $27.95
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Challenging many sacrosanct notions about the relationship between Native Americans and nature, the author discusses the possible role of Pleistocene-era humans in eradicating the mastodon, over-irrigation of crops among the Hohokam of Arizona, and slash-and-burn farming techniques. (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: The idea of the Native American living in perfect harmony with nature is a cherished contemporary myth. In this book Shepard Krech seeks to correct the stereotype. Krech surveys North American environmental history to explore the relation between humans and the rest of nature before and after the arrival of Europeans. He addresses such questions as: were Pleistocene-era humans responsible for the extinction of many large mammals in North America? Did the Hohokam of Arizona destroy their society by over-irrigating and over-salinating theor crops? What role did native Americans play in the near-extinction of the deer, the beaver and the buffalo? How did they use fire? And was the natural "Eden" that awed the first European visitors just a feature of very low-population density? Providing historical and anthropological evidence, he offers a new picture of Indians as sophisticated humans who both changed the land and responded to its changing ecology.

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Hardcover
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1 edition from W W Norton & Co Inc (July 1, 1999)
9780393047554 | details & prices | 318 pages | 6.50 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $27.95
About: Looks at the historical truths and falsehoods about Native Americans and their relationship to nature
Paperback
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from W W Norton & Co Inc (September 1, 2000); titled "Ecological Indian: Myth and History"
9780393321005 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $17.95
About: Challenging many sacrosanct notions about the relationship between Native Americans and nature, the author discusses the possible role of Pleistocene-era humans in eradicating the mastodon, over-irrigation of crops among the Hohokam of Arizona, and slash-and-burn farming techniques.
Prebinding
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from Turtleback Books (June 1, 2003); titled "Ecological Indian: Myth And History"
9780613914147 | details & prices | 5.75 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $26.95
About: The idea of the Native American living in perfect harmony with nature is a cherished contemporary myth.

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