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Ecological Indian: Myth and History
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher W W Norton & Co Inc
Publication date September 1, 2000
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780393321005
ISBN-10 0393321002
Dimensions 1 by 5.50 by 8.50 in.
Weight 0.80 lbs.
Original list price $17.95
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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. Reprint. 10,000 first printing. (view table of contents)
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"A good story and first-rate social science."―New York Times Book Review

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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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780393047554
 
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
Book cover for 9780613914147
 
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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