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Native Americans and the Ecosystem

Indigenous religions, such as those of Native American traditions, claim a special relationship with nature. Give an example of this relationship. Some have said that urban people in the modern world romanticize the attitude towards nature held by indigenous peoples. Are there any examples of unnecessary damage made to the environment by native groups of the past?

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According to Benjamin Kline in his book, "First Along the River", Native Americans had a special relationship with nature, believing that the "spirituality of nature inhabits everything" (19). However, Kline balances that thought with a quotation from Arthur McEvoy who states that "Native Americans exploited nature to the limits of their technology" (18). Kline also states ...

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Indigenous religions, such as those of Native American traditions, claim a special relationship with nature. Give an example of this relationship. Some have said that urban people in the modern world romanticize the attitude towards nature held by indigenous peoples. Are there any examples of unnecessary damage made to the environment by native groups of the past?

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